Library Policies - Confidentiality of Library Records


The Santa Cruz City County Library System complies with all sections of the State of California Public Records Act (Protection of Library Circulation and Registration Records, Government Code Title 1, Division 7, Chapter 3.5).

That is, all registration and circulation records of library users shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any person, local, state, or federal agency except by order of the appropriate superior or federal court.

The Library also treats patron requests for reference information and records of patron internet use as confidential.

Further, the Library Joint Powers Authority Board regards any inquiry about library use as an invasion of patron privacy. It prohibits staff from giving information about any library use absent a valid order from a superior or federal court. The common sense exception to this rule is when a law enforcement officer describes a situation involving immediate danger to either staff or the public.

Confirmed by the Library Joint Powers Authority Board, July 1997
Reviewed and Approved March 2003
Reviewed and Expanded February 2006

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