WCCLS Web Privacy Statement

Washington County Cooperative Library Services is committed to protecting your privacy. WCCLS library records are held confidential in accordance with ORS 192.502(22) which was passed during the 1995 Oregon legislative session and with the American Library Association (ALA) Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records (52.4).

Confidentiality and web site statistics

WCCLS does not sell or release information gathered on our website to any individuals, companies, or groups. Any information we gather is used only by us in order to make our website easier to use and more relevant to you. Our web server collects general information regarding the pages on our website. We keep track of how many times certain pages are visited in order to know what pages are most useful. The server also collects data such as a visitor's internet (IP) address of origin, type of browser and operating system, country of origin, and other statistical data that is not personally linked to any specific user.

Security

Our site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Your Responsibility

Your personal library account information, accessed by your unique barcode number, is password protected. Every account has a default password until you personalize it at the circulation desk of any WCCLS member library. We encourage you to personalize your account password for your privacy and security.

Additionally, remember to return to the home screen to clear any search terms after using a computer to insure the privacy of your session.

Cookies

The Library Catalog software, supplied by GIS Information Systems, Inc., uses in-memory cookies to facilitate proper navigation through the catalog and delivery of pages. Many web users will never see or hear about cookies. If your browser is set to reject cookies you will not be able to access the library catalog. Our libraries take patron privacy very seriously. Please be assured that no data is collected about you or your searches through in-memory cookies.

Linking to other web sites

This policy does not apply to the practices of sites that you may link to from our pages and it does not apply to any sites that WCCLS does not own or control.


ORS 192.502(22)

192.502 Other public records exempt from disclosure. The following public records are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505:...

(22) The records of a library, including:

(a) Circulation records, showing use of specific library material by a named person;

(b) The name of a library patron together with the address or telephone number, or both, of the patron; and

(c) The electronic mail address of a patron.


ALA 52.4

excerpted from the American Library Association's Policy Manual:

52. SERVICES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIBRARIES

52.4 Confidentiality of Library Records

The ethical responsibilities of librarians, as well as statutes in most states and the District of Columbia, protect the privacy of library users. Confidentiality extends to "information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, acquired," and includes database search records, reference interviews, circulation records, interlibrary loan records, and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, or services.

The American Library Association recognizes 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: the issuance of a court order, following a showing of good cause based on specific facts, by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The American Library Association strongly recommends that the responsible officers of each library, cooperative system, and consortium in the United States:

  1. Formally adopt a policy which specifically recognizes its circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials to be confidential.

  2. Advise all librarians and library employees that such records shall 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 a administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.

  3. Resist the issuance or enforcement of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.