The USA Patriot Act, passed on October 26, 2001, significantly expands the authority of law enforcement officers to gain access to business records, medical records, educational records, and library records, including stored electronic data and communications. Confidentiality of library records is a basic principle of librarianship and many states, including California, have laws protecting the confidentiality of such records. The CalArts Library fully complies with California State Code, Section 6267:
"All registration and circulation records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed to any peson, local agency, or state agency except as follows:
(a) By a person acting within the scope of his or her duties within the administration of the library.
(b) By a person authorized, in writing, by the individual to whom the records pertain, to inspect the records.
(c) By order of the appropriate superior court.
As used in this section, the term 'registration records' includes any information which a library requires a patron to provide in order to become eligible to borrow books and other materials, and the term 'circulation records' includes any information which identifies the patrons borrowing particular books and other material. This section shall not apply to statistical reports of registration and circulation nor to records of fines collected by the library."
The library will comply with all lawfully issued court orders (e.g., search warrant) and subpoenas properly served upon it and furnish the documents and materials specifically listed in the court order or subpoena.