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Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library are committed to protecting the privacy of their online users, staff, donors, customers, and other contacts. The privacy policy is clear: The three library systems will collect no personal information about you when you visit the Website or register for a program unless you choose to provide that information to us. Any information you choose to provide will only be used to provide or improve library services.

This confidentiality extends to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired and includes database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities or services.

Note to Parents
Parents should remind their children to ask their permission before providing personal information to any website or purchasing any products or services online. Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library urge all parents to participate in their children’s exploration of the Internet and to teach them about protecting their personal information while online. For further information, see The New York Public Library’s A Safety Net for the Internet: A Parent’s Guide.

E-mails and Web Forms
Personally identifying information that you provide by e-mails or web forms will be used only for such purposes as are described at the point of collection (for example on a web form), such as to send information or provide library services to you, update your record, or to respond to your questions or comments.
If you provide contact information, an individual from one of the three library systems may contact you to clarify your comment or question, or to learn about your level of customer satisfaction with library services and/or the website.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically
During your visit as you browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, certain information will be automatically gathered and stored about your visit but not about you. This information does not identify you personally. The website automatically collects and stores only the following information about the visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, “” if a private Internet access account, or “” if connected from a university) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer whenever it is surfing the Web) from which access to our web site is gained;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access the web site;
  3. The date and time of access to the site;
  4. The pages visited and for how long; and
  5. The address of the website from which the initial visit to was launched, if any.

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library use this information to help make the web site more useful to visitors and to learn about the number of visitors to the site and the types of technology our visitors use. The data that is collected is not connected to your personal information or identity.

Links to Other Sites
The Website may contain links to other sites. Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, which may be different from the privacy practices described in this policy. We encourage you to become familiar with privacy practices of other sites you visit, including linked sites.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the website uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030. Except for the above purposes, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library recognize that law enforcement agencies and officers may occasionally believe that library records contain information which may be helpful to the investigation of criminal activity. If there is a reasonable basis to believe such records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, the American judicial system provides the mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records. Library records will not be made available to any agency of state, federal or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library reserve the right to change or modify this privacy statement at any time. If the three systems revise this privacy statement, changes will be posted on the homepage.

Acceptance of Terms
By using the Website, you signify your acceptance of this Website Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Policy, please do not use this site. Your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes to these terms will indicate your acceptance of those changes.


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