Colorado State Law provides for patron privacy. The Arapahoe Library District fully supports and will uphold the patron's right of privacy in the use of libraries. The Library District cannot ensure patron privacy when patrons access third party vendors for electronic resources through the Library’s website.
CRS 24-90-119 Privacy of user records
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. ALD staff shall consider use of the library, questions asked, materials borrowed, attendance at library programs, and the presence of the patron in the library, as being protected by this law.
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) However, 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.
ADOPTED Aug 1992
REVISED Nov 2000, Apr 2006, Aug 2012, May 2015