Library Introduces "My Reading History"

New Canaan Library is pleased to announce a recent enhancement to our online catalog which enables you to keep a history of all the items you check out.  This option can be accessed by logging into your library account and enabling the feature.


By using “My Reading History” the Library’s catalog will retain an on-going personal log of all of the materials that you borrow, even after you return them. From the time you “Opt In,” a list of items you have checked out will be saved for you to view. You will be able to selectively remove any or all of the items from your personal history or completely disable the feature at anytime. The list is only available for viewing when you are logged into your library account. If you do choose to disable the feature, your previous history will be lost and not retrievable again.

Confidentiality and The Patriot Act

It’s important to be aware that using “My Reading History” means information about your reading history is stored on the library’s computer system. Your reading history will not be accessible to library staff. However, if the library is served with a Federal or State law enforcement subpoena, reading history information must be surrendered.

More on the Patriot Act

 Accessing the “My Reading History” feature

·         Log into your library account online.

·         Click on the “My Reading History” button.

·         To enable the feature, click the “Opt In” button.

·         To disable the feature, click “Delete All.” Then click “Opt Out.”


*Connecticut State Law (General Statute sec.11-25) guarantees the confidentiality of library patron borrowing records. 

(b) (1) Notwithstanding section 1-210, records maintained by libraries that can be used to identify any library user, or link any user to a library transaction, regardless of format, shall be kept confidential, except that the records may be disclosed to officers, employees and agents of the library, as necessary for operation of the library.

2) Information contained in such records shall not be released to any third party, except (A) pursuant to a court order, or (B) with the written permission of the library user whose personal information is contained in the records.