January 17, 2022

Privacy: Records of Arizona Library Ebook Use Shielded

Here’s an update to a story we first posted about on March 25, 2013. A week earlier we also shared comments about ebook-library privacy in this post.

Now, the update (via Arizona Republic):

Arizona lawmakers passed and Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2165, which adds e-books to the state statute restricting what public-library circulation records can be disclosed.

The new law goes into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends.

Once the law goes into effect, libraries cannot disclose any record of print or e-books that identifies which specific materials a patron used unless it is necessary for the reasonable operation of the library, the patron has given written consent, a court orders it or another law requires it.


The law passed nearly unanimously and was supported by an unusual mix of lobbyists: the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Arizona Library Association and a grass-roots pro-Second Amendment group, the Arizona Citizens Defense League.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.