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Confidentiality & Copyright Laws

Laws regarding patron privacy and copying of materials

Copyright Restrictions

WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Records of The Colony Public Library which identify or serve to identify a person who requests, obtains, or uses library materials or services are confidential and are excepted from required disclosure under Section 552 of the Texas Government Code.

Under Section 552, such records generally may be disclosed only if a) the Library determines that disclosure is reasonably necessary to the operation of the Library and the records are not confidential under other state or federal law, b) the records are released to the person to whom the information relates; or the person to whom the information relates has given permission, in writing, for the information to be released, or c) the records are required under a valid court order or subpoena.