Right to Privacy and Confidentiality of Library Patron Records

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD), in accordance with California Government Code § 7927.100, opens a new window and § 7927.105, opens a new window, recognizes its responsibility to protect library circulation records and other records that identify borrowers. However, statistical reports of patron use, records of fines imposed on borrowers, and records of fines collected by the SCCLD are considered public records.

The above-referenced statutes guarantee privacy for all individuals regardless of age and do not provide exceptions for parents or guardians to obtain their children’s patron use records.

SCCLD staff are trained to ensure that patron use records are not made available to any agency of federal, state, or local government unless presented with written authorization from the individual to whom the records pertain, a subpoena, or other court order. Upon receipt of written authorization, a subpoena, or other court order, SCCLD staff should immediately contact the County Librarian, who will then consult legal counsel.

Santa Clara County Library District Policy #2.12
updated 9/7/2023

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