Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. -John Barrymore
Question #47261 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a way I can get a list of all the books I've ever checked out of the HBLL? I am trying to find a story I read several years ago and I know I got the book at the HBLL but I can't recall the name of it.

- someone's mom

A: Dear mom,

Most likely not. Public and academic libraries regularly delete patron checkout information once a book has been returned. In addition to saving server space, it's actually a civil liberties issue — they don't want government agencies to be able to subpoena such records.

However, there are many resources for identifying unknown books and stories (including this very institution), so all may not be lost!

- Katya the librarian (who keeps a book diary for this very reason)