Security Camera Policy

Security cameras are used where needed to provide peace of mind to library users and staff by discouraging violations of the Behavior Policy, to assist library staff in preventing the occurrence of any violations, and when necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal activity.  The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the placement and use of security cameras, as well as the access and retrieval of recorded video images at Lake Agassiz Regional Library locations.

  • Cameras are installed at library locations on an as needed basis.
  • Signs will be posted at Library entrances informing the public that security cameras are present.
  • Security cameras may be placed in both indoor and outdoor areas where security staff and designated Library staff can randomly monitor activity.
  • Access to the archived footage in pursuit of documented incidents of criminal activity or violation of the Behavior Policy is restricted to designated staff and law enforcement.
  • Security cameras differ in their recording length and will automatically record over themselves on an ongoing basis.  Video records will not be maintained, provided no criminal activity or policy violation has occurred.
  • In situations involving banned or trespassed customers, stored still images may be shared with staff system-wide.  Shared images may remain posted in restricted staff areas for the duration of the banning period.
  • Cameras may be installed in areas that could assist Law Enforcement in documenting traffic accidents or other incidents unrelated to the Library that take place on the public streets and surrounding properties within camera view.  Examples include cameras on the exterior of a library building that not only document activity on Library property but also the sidewalk, public streets, and surrounding properties.
  • Questions from the public may be directed to supervisory employees or the Regional Library Director.