Q. Is there a reason that the checkout history option as described in the help section is not available to us?

I would love to see the books that I've read so that I can see the authors that I like. It doesn't appear that we have the checkout history option available to us.


Due to privacy concerns, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library chose not to offer the checkout history option for patron accounts. Specifically, the Patriot Act raises issues:

"[The Patriot Act] ... amendments expanded the authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement to gain access to business records, medical records, educational records and library records, including stored electronic data and communications." - American Library Association

One option for keeping track of your reading history is to use online tools like GoodReads.com or LibraryElf.com. More information about LibraryElf is available at http://hmcpl.org/libraryelf.

If you would like to suggest any changes to the Library's policies or procedures, feel free to send your comments to askus@hmcpl.org.


  • Last Updated Jan 09, 2019
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  • Answered By Department Reference & Adult Services

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