- Should any staff member be approached by a state, federal or local officer, they should immediately ask for identification, make a copy of that identification, and every attempt should be made to contact the library Director. In the case that the library Director cannot be reached, the President of the Board of Trustees should be contacted.
- Without a Court Order, no officer or federal agent has the authority to compel cooperation with an investigation or require answers to questions. The staff member should only give their name and address if asked.
- The library Director or person acting in his/her stead should then immediately call Counsel * for assistance. If neither the library Director nor the President of the library Board is reachable, the staff person should contact Counsel directly. If the agent presents a Court Order (search warrant, subpoena, or other judicial process) it should be immediately shown to Counsel for approval.
*As of 06/30/2016, legal counsel for the Kingston Library is Robert Schofield, One Commercial Plaza, 19th Floor, Albany, NY 12260. Phone: (518) 487-7616.
If he cannot be reached, counsel may be sought through the Office for Intellectual Freedom at (800) 545-2433 x4223. Inform the staff that you need legal advice – DO NOT disclose the reason you need legal assistance or the existence of a warrant.