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Patron Privacy

Patron Privacy

Douglas Public Library staff members are required by Colorado Library Law (CRS 24-90-119) to protect the privacy of your borrowing record. Everyone owning a Douglas Public Library card is entitled to this consideration. Staff members who violate this law are subject to a misdemeanor charge and a $300 fine. Library staff is not allowed to give your book or even the title of a book you have on hold to any other person unless you take one of the following actions:

  • Give us prior permission to allow family members or other friends to pick up materials for you. We will add a message with this information to your library card record.
  • Give your library card to the person who will pick up your book.

All information contained in your library card record is also protected under this law. Staff members are not allowed to reveal this information to anyone other that the registered patron. We cannot tell you what books other family members have checked out, or what fines they may owe, unless they give us prior permission. For youths under the age of 14, the parent or guardian may be provided information of checked out materials if the primary purpose is to pay fines or recover missing materials. The parent or guardian must present the youth's library card, and provide the staff with current picture identification, e.g. a driver's license. Note: If you know your library card number, you may examine from any public terminal all materials or charges attached to your record. 24-90-119. Privacy of user records. Statute text From the Colorado Revised Statutes (1) Except as set forth in subsection (2) of this section, a publicly-supported library shall not disclose any record or other information that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials or service or as otherwise having used the library. (2) Records may be disclosed in the following instances:

  • (a) When necessary for the reasonable operation of the library;
  • (b) Upon written consent of the user;
  • (c) Pursuant to subpoena, upon court order, or where otherwise required by law;
  • (d) To a custodial parent or legal guardian who has access to a minor's library card or its authorization number for the purpose of accessing by electronic means library records of the minor.

(3) Any library official, employee, or volunteer who discloses information in violation of this section commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars.