California State Law protects the confidentiality of all patron records. The Colusa County Free Library 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 loan records of library patrons 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. 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. Parents or legal guardians with proper identification may have access to their children's records only when the materials become overdue.
Patrons may view their record and modify personal information by accessing their online account. A library card number and personal identifying number (PIN) code is required.