Florida Statute on Confidentiality of Patron Records
Patron’s Right to Privacy
The Clearwater Public Library System recognizes the need to protect your right to privacy about the questions you ask and the materials you borrow and read.
In order to guarantee privacy to each individual, Florida law mandates confidentiality of your registration and borrowing records, and Clearwater Public Library System policies and procedures carry out that intent.
Library patron registration and borrowing records are confidential under State Statute on confidentiality, Chapter 257.261, Florida State Statute, as amended (1996):
Patron’s Personal Borrowing Record
Library staff cannot give any information about a patron’s registration and circulation record to anyone other than the patron, with the following exceptions:
- In the case of overdue materials, parents or guardians of minor children under the age of sixteen, may be given a list of the outstanding materials solely for the purpose of reclaiming those materials;
Library staff cannot allow a family member or friend to pick up an item on hold or otherwise access patron information without prior authorization from the card holder. Authorization may be provided by giving the library card to the designated proxy or by providing in person, with valid identification, verbal authorization to a library staff member, who will enter a permanent note in the patron record.
The Clearwater Public Library System regrets any inconvenience to library users this policy may cause.
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