Privacy statement

The library follows and supports the University of Arizona Electronic Privacy Policy. This policy outlines what data may be gathered when you use online resources at the UA and what use may be made of it.

We also endorse the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights which supports access to information and denounces censorship, labeling, and restricting access.

Computer privacy

In order to collect usage statistics, the UA Libraries use a cookie to collect anonymous website traffic data. We do not use this cookie to collect any personally identifiable information.

The library also uses Envisionware's PC Reservation software. This software does not monitor your activities; its purpose is to authenticate initial access and regulate sessions.

Data on who used which computer, including expired reservations, will be removed automatically each day.

At the end of every session, each computer will automatically reboot. All information and files left on the computer will be deleted except for files saved in the T:\ Drive, which are only cleared periodically.

Personally identifiable information

Systematic or programmatic copying or downloading from subscribed databases is not allowed by our contracts with vendors. If we permit this, access to the database may be blocked. We may log user's personally identifiable information in order to monitor this type of abuse.

Safeguards for library records

To safeguard your privacy and the confidentiality of your library records, University of Arizona Libraries maintains no record of what you have borrowed once the items have been returned.

However, you have the option of asking the system to retain a reading history of titles for you; this service is called My Reading History. Some people have asked for this service as a means of remembering a book or author they liked or for keeping a list of what they have already read.

You can access your reading history by logging into your library account. If you choose this option, be aware that anyone with access to your library card number can check your reading history or any other information attached to your account. Information contained in the reading history file is, as is any part of your library record, subject to any judicial process (e.g., the USA Patriot Act). If you are concerned about someone else seeing a list of what you are reading, the safest step is to not choose this option.

Patriot Act

The USA Patriot Act of 2002  allows the FBI to obtain a search warrant for any materials from the library, including library circulation records, internet use records, and registration information. They can do so without demonstrating "probable cause," the existence of specific facts to support the belief that a crime has been committed or that the items sought are evidence of a crime. The act also makes it a crime for the library to inform you if any such action has occurred.

This act supersedes existing state laws protecting the privacy of library users. The reauthorized Patriot Act (signed into law by President Bush on March 9, 2006) makes some procedural changes in the process of obtaining library records, but doesn't provide any substantial safeguards for the privacy of library users. Learn more about the USA Patriot Act and intellectual freedom.