Answered By: Ask-a-Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017     Views: 1080

Libraries have never wanted to keep track of what people read, and Maryland state law guarantees you a right to privacy of your library record.  The American Library Association and our professional code of ethics state our concern for your privacy:

“We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”   

Thus, we choose to purge our borrowers’ records of previous loans.

That said, the growing “social web” movement is changing the way libraries are approaching this.  Some are giving patrons the choice of “opting into” booklist-sharing, similar to what is done by Librarything and Goodreads

MCPL's current catalog, which became available in mid-December 2012, allows patrons to keep lists of titles.  You can create lists of titles you have read, titles you want tor read, movies you have seen, your favorite books on this or that topic, or just about anything.  It's easy to add titles to lists.  Be sure to name lists you create if you want them saved. The catalog also provides instructions about creating lists.

Finally, if you remember something about a book but can't quite put your finger on the title or the author's name, please ask a librarian.  We can help you hunt it down!