COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A woman says a driver hit her car outside a library, and the people who could help identify him can't give her any information.
Mary Cochran said a man hit her car at the West Cobb Library in Kennesaw. She said the crash tore off her front bumper and damaged her headlights, costing her $3,000.
“I mean, weeks have gone by. This guy’s truck could have been fixed. Who knows where he is,” she said.
Cochran thought she could get help finding him because he checked out a book after the crash.
“(I thought) 'Oh great, we have his name.' But to my disbelief, they would not give me his name saying there was a Georgia law that prevents them from giving out a name of anyone who checks out a book," she said.
State privacy law says, “Circulation and similar records of a library which identify the user of library materials shall not be public records but shall be confidential and may not be disclosed."
Attorney Scott Semrau said the 31-year-old statute keeps the names of users of library materials strictly confidential.
"Librarians can't give out any information given to them as a result of someone wanting to check out a book. If they got the guy's name by him wanting to check out a book, they can't reveal that information," he said.
Semrau said Cochran would have to get a subpoena to get the information.
Cochran said she doesn't believe the law should protect criminals.
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