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Confidentiality

Your Library Account and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA)

Aspects of your library account, like many records held by Fairfax County agencies, are public records under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA). The VFOIA requires public bodies, like the library, to make public records available for inspection and copying by citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of certain news organizations.

You may elect to have your email address withheld in response to a VFOIA request by visiting a library branch or updating your library account. It is important to note that VFOIA allows the library to withhold a customers' borrowing records from responses to VFOIA requests.

 

Confidentiality of Customer Records

Virginia Code Section 2.2-3705.7 (3)
"Library records that can be used to identify both (i) any library patron who has borrowed material from a library and (ii) the material such patron borrowed." are confidential.

For more information about VFOIA and your library account, visit https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/ and search for section 2.2-3705.1 (10) and section 2.2-3705.7 (3).

Library Account Records of Children

The library's Board of Trustees has approved a policy that current library records of children 12 and under should be available to their parents or guardians. Parents of children age 12 and under may ask for and obtain the titles of materials that their children currently have checked out.

Records of cardholders, age 13-18, are confidential, as are adult records.

Privacy Policy of Third Party Vendors and Amazon

If you use third party vendors, such as Overdrive, to access library materials, your records may be subject to the policies of that vendor. The majority of the Fairfax County Public Library's eBooks and eAudiobooks are accessed through Overdrive and RBDigital.  Kindle users are subject to the privacy policies of Amazon.com when they access their Amazon.com accounts. Please visit individual vendor sites for more information.

 

 


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