Last updated: August 17, 2004
The UC Irvine Libraries provide the Libraries Web site and services to facilitate the pursuit and production of knowledge in support of learning and scholarship at the University of California, Irvine. Your privacy while using the UC Irvine Libraries Web site and services is an important element of intellectual and academic freedom. UC Irvine Libraries are committed to protecting the privacy of our library users. Our policies also support the California Digital Libraries commitment to user privacy and the precepts of confidentiality described in the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association , which states: "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."
Confidentiality of Library Records
In the course of providing services, such as Library Search, Interlibrary Loan, and reference services, the Libraries acquire personally identifiable information about you, including your name, university ID, and items borrowed. When it is necessary for the Libraries to identify users in the course of normal library business, it is our goal to keep personal information for the shortest amount of time necessary to complete transactions or provide service. Access to personal information is restricted to authorized library staff who need it to conduct library business. Personal information is never revealed to external parties unless required by law and never used for commercial purposes. The Libraries adhere to the UCI Guidelines for the UC Electronic Communications Policy, campus and UC policies, and state and national laws.
In order for the UCI community to conduct business with the Libraries (e.g., library circulation records, "My Library Account" portal service, interlibrary loan requests), the Libraries maintain a patron database in the Library Search that stores personal information. Transaction records are deleted from the Library Search system after each transaction is completed. Inactive patron records are periodically removed from the patron database. The Libraries use the information in your patron records only to interact with and provide service to you (e.g., fulfilling interlibrary borrowing requests, placing holds, and collecting overdue fines). Browsing Library Search to look up titles and check book and journal locations does not require any personal information from you.
UC Irvine Libraries Web Site
The UC Irvine Libraries routinely collect information to help us manage the site and improve service. Examples of such information collected and stored by the UC Irvine Libraries Web site include:
- your Internet location (Internet domain and IP address)
- type of browser and operating system used to access our site
- date and time our site was visited
- pages visited on our site
- search terms used on our search engines
The UC Irvine Libraries Web site links to other sites and resources that are not under the administrative control of UC Irvine Libraries. These external sites may have privacy policies that are different from UC Irvine Libraries or none at all. UC Irvine Libraries cannot guarantee the privacy policies of these sites. Where the Libraries contract with vendors for digital information products and resources, every attempt is made to include user privacy protections in the license agreements. Often you can tell you are leaving a UC Libraries Web site by noting the URL of the destination site. We encourage you to read the privacy statements at these sites to determine their privacy practices.