Monterey County Free Libraries
Did You Know Your Library Records Are Confidential?
(It doesn’t matter if you are an adult or a child.)
State law mandates that library staff cannot give out the following
information to anyone other than the library cardholder:
Information on materials
borrowed, including the name of titles.
Information on what library
resources, including websites are consulted.
Reference questions asked.
Exceptions to this
If you designate someone in
writing to have permission to access your records. (Ask staff for a waiver
Library staff and persons
working for the library may access your records within the scope of their work.
Staff additionally adheres to a professional code of ethics to keep your
information confidential. Note: We do legally release name and address
information to a debt collection service for fee balances $50 and above.
Persons presenting valid court
order or subpoena.
employees with a search warrant issued under the USA Patriot Act. (Released only
by the Libraries’ Custodian of Records, the County Librarian)
this law may affect the way you use the library with your child:
was upset when the library staff member would not tell me what books my child
had checked out. How did they expect me to find and return them?”
is an awkward position for the library customer and library staff to be put
into, but legally library staff can only tell a parent the number of books their
child has checked out, not specific titles. Still, the parent is financially
responsible for the material their minor child borrows.
may sign a Waiver Form to allow you to have access to his or her library
records. It is your child’s choice. Ask a staff member about this option.
child to check his or her library account at www.montereycountyfreelibraries.org
will need to register for a personal identification number (PIN). You may also
check your account online.
your child to the library so you know what materials your child is checking out.
It is a great experience to share together.
guidelines with your child on the number and types of materials he or she
child to obtain a print out of the materials he or she checks out from the
materials out on your own library card. You will have full access to all
The Public Library is a source of wonderful information. Enjoy your visit to the library and establish it as an important place you and your child can rely upon for life long learning.
For more information on your right to privacy, please ask a library staff member or refer to the following public documents: