From a Commentary by Greg Lucas, State Librarian of California and Erin Berman, Division Director at Alameda County Library and Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee Published by CalMatters:
One of the reasons communities place so much trust in their libraries is the privacy and confidentiality provided to everyone who uses their services.
Ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of library users is fundamental to the operation of all libraries. Everywhere. It is an article of faith among librarians.
Like many other states, California has placed these protections into law:
“All patron use records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed by a public agency, or private actor that maintains or stores patron use records on behalf of a public agency, to any person, local agency, or state agency.”
Read the Complete Commentary (559 words)