About Privacy

Confidentiality of Registration and Borrowing Records

Public Records Act, California Government Code Section 6267 mandates confidentiality of registration and borrowing records, and Contra Costa County Library policies and procedures carry out that intent.

Library staff cannot give any information about a patron's registration and circulation record to anyone other than the patron, no matter what the age or relationship to the patron. For example, a parent cannot be told what material a child has checked out on the child's card without the child's consent.

Once materials are returned to the Library, as long as no overdue fines or lost materials charges have been accrued, individual items are no longer attached to borrowing records and it is not possible to see a list of all past transactions. The Library does not maintain a history of materials that you have checked out.

USA PATRIOT Act Resolutions

  • The Contra Costa County Library Commission passed a Resolution on Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act on November 20, 2003.
  • The Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution In the Matter of Preserving Civil Liberties
    Threatened by the USA Patriot Act
    on June 3, 2003.

For more information: The American Library Association has posted information on the USA PATRIOT Act and libraries.