San Francisco Public Library

Privacy Policy

See also:

Policy #207 Adopted: June 17, 2004; amended November 30, 2011

Policy Statement

The San Francisco Public Library champions the protection of personal privacy. Protecting library user privacy and keeping confidential information that identifies individuals or associates individuals with their use of library books, materials, equipment, programs, facilities, and/or staff assistance is an integral principle of the Library. This policy affirms the Library's commitment to privacy, explains the information that the Library collects, and alerts visitors to Library facilities and users of remotely accessed Library services to the privacy choices they face.


Library Cards and Circulation Records

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

(Note: SFPL does not use RFID technology)

Public computer use and the Library's online system

Email, Web Forms, and Reference Questions

Information Automatically Collected and Stored

Links to Other Sites

Network Security

Working with Law Enforcement

Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT ACT)

     1 Library records are protected under California Government Code, Title 1, Division 7, Sections 6250-6270, Chapter 3.5.

     2 San Francisco Administrative Code, Section 67

     3 PL 107-56 - Uniting & Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA Patriot Act) Act of 2001

     4 Library users may choose to opt in and enable My Check-out History. By doing so library users choose to give explicit consent to the storage of their Check-out History from the opt-in date. Library personnel will not access or release Check-out History unless required by law to do so. Library users may opt out of this service and delete Check-out History at any time.

     5 Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 and 1030.