Confidentiality of Patron Records


The purpose of this policy is to affirm that Sacramento Public Library Authority staff respects the confidentiality of library records, and further that all library staff understand that patron records are protected by California State Law.


California State Law protects the confidentiality of all patron records.
The Sacramento Public Library Authority 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). All registration and circulation records of library users shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any person, local, state, or federal agency unless required by law or court order. Confidentiality extends to database search records, computer use records, and all other personally identifiable uses of Library materials, programs or services.

Patron records will only be released to the person(s) whose name(s) appear on the library borrower’s record. No information from any patron's record is to be released to any person, including law enforcement, unless required by a court order, and any inquiry about library use will be treated as an invasion of patron privacy. Staff may not access any information about any library use for any purpose except that related to the transaction of library business.

Issue Date: October 25, 2012
Board Approval Date: October 25, 2012