California Government Code Section 6267
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6267. 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 except as follows:
(a) By a person acting within the scope of his or her duties
within the administration of the library.
(b) By a person authorized, in writing, by the individual to whom
the records pertain, to inspect the records.
(c) By order of the appropriate superior court.
As used in this section, the term "patron use records" includes
(1) Any written or electronic record, that is used to identify the
patron, including, but not limited to, a patron's name, address,
telephone number, or e-mail address, that a library patron provides
in order to become eligible to borrow or use books and other
(2) Any written record or electronic transaction that identifies a
patron's borrowing information or use of library information
resources, including, but not limited to, database search records,
borrowing records, class records, and any other personally
identifiable uses of library resources information requests, or
This section shall not apply to statistical reports of patron use
nor to records of fines collected by the library.
Last modified: February 22, 2013