Statement of Commitment to Privacy
The Claremont Colleges Library (“The Library”) is committed to protecting the privacy of all library users in accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics. The Library has policies in place to ensure that we “protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.” (ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom).
The Library also has procedures in place to enact these policies. The Library will continuously assess and amend procedures as technology and legal changes arise.
The Library may store personally identifiable information in its computer systems including, but not limited to, the integrated library management system, in order to perform essential tasks such as facilitating circulation of materials and providing access to online resources. We do not archive or otherwise maintain the borrowing history of our users in our main library system.
The Library collects anonymized data on user behavior and usage of information resources in order to best serve our community of scholars. We are committed to ensuring that our external vendors and other partners protect the privacy of our users.
In accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56), the Library may be obligated to release personally identifiable information to federal law enforcement agents, if requested. This same law prohibits the Library from informing individuals if such a request has been made. We endeavor to have no personally identifiable information to release.
Use of the Library’s website and linked information resources implies agreement with this policy.