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Security Camera Policy

Security cameras and the associated recordings are intended to promote safety and security of the staff, the public and the facilities; to support enforcement of the library’s rules of conduct; to discourage inappropriate and illegal behavior; and to aid in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders. Recordings will be obtained and used in manner that is consistent with the Library’s privacy policy.

Image Retention

Images from the Boulder Public Library’s security cameras are stored digitally on hardware that is under the control of the City of Boulder IT department. The library will generally maintain images for a minimum of 30 days. These images are retained until system capacity is reached, at which point the oldest recordings are automatically deleted to make room for new recordings.

Recordings will remain confidential and secure to the extent permitted by law. Typically the recordings are not monitored or reviewed. The location of security cameras are limited to areas that do not violate the reasonable expectation of privacy. If an incident comes to the attention of Library Administration, eServices, or the contract security officers, the related images may be reviewed, retained, and saved for as long as necessary.


The Library shall post and maintain signs giving notice of the use of security cameras for monitoring and recording activity in public areas of the library property.


This policy shall not impose any responsibility on the Library, its employees, or the Library Commission to protect against or prevent personal injury or loss of property.

Public Disclosure

Pursuant to state law C.R.S. 24-90-119, the public is prohibited from viewing security camera footage that contains personally identifying information about library users.  There are very limited circumstances under which this information will be disclosed.  If the Library receives a request from the general public to inspect security camera footage, the requestor will be advised as to whether they qualify for any of the listed exceptions. Images are subject to Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) § 24-72-200, et al.

Approved by the Library Commission on April 8, 2015.