Enoch Pratt Free Library (the "Library," "we," or
"us") is committed to protecting the privacy of our customers, donors
and other contacts. In accordance with the American Library
Association’s Code of Ethics: “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.”
Customer records are confidential. Their inspection, use or disclosure
is prohibited (Annotated Code of Maryland ED §23-107) and are excluded
from disclosure under the Maryland Freedom of Information Act (ST GOV
§10-616) unless otherwise provided by law.
We will not collect or
retain your private and personally identifiable information without your
consent. We require your personal information in order to set up a
library account by assigning you a unique identity within our system.
This protects you from fraudulent use of your library card and
unauthorized access to your user history.
To safeguard privacy,
customers requesting information will be asked to provide their library
card number, name, and other information. Information can also be given
to persons authorized by the cardholder to access their record with a
signed note of permission given by the cardholder.
Pratt Free Library respects your privacy and acknowledges the need for
appropriate protection and management of personal identifiable
guidelines and procedures regarding how we collect information from
users, how we use it, and your rights to this information.
Collection of Personal Identifiable Information
identifiable information is any information that may be used to
identify you as an individual, including your first and last name, your
home or other physical address, your email address, your credit card
number, and other comparable information. When you visit our website,
catalog, and/or any co-branded third party site, Enoch Pratt Free
Library will ask for and collect personal identifiable information to
provide you with products and services; for communication purposes; to
provide customer service; to send marketing emails; and for internal
promotional purposes. Enoch Pratt Free Library collects personal
identifiable information about you from various sources including, but
not limited to, the following:
- Information required to register for a library card;
- Information we collect from events/programs participation;
- information about your transactions with us;
- information we collect from webform submissions; and
we receive from Library server logs from your browser, including IP
address, cookie information, and the page requested.
Disclosure and Sharing of Personal Identifiable Information
Pratt Free Library will not distribute, sell, rent, or otherwise
disclose your personal identifiable information to any third party
except as follows:
- to business partners and other third
parties that help us to provide certain products and services to you,
for research, and to process payments;
- when required or permitted by law such as in response to warrants, subpoenas, or other valid legal process;
- when you have consented to such disclosure.
are data files that our website transfers to a user’s computer to store
information that will make our site more useful. Cookies allow websites
to facilitate and customize user sessions by saving preferences and
tracking information. We use the data collected by cookies to retrieve
certain information previously provided by you and to help us provide
our users with a better experience. Most web browsers are initially set
up to accept cookies. However, you can set your browser preferences to
indicate when a cookie is being sent or to refuse all cookies. If you
available on our website. If you are actively attempting to avoid the
Enoch Pratt Free Library uses
Google Analytics to inform and optimize our site based on user actions.
We track information such as IP address, browser type, operating system,
the date and time of visit and the pages a user visits during a
session. We do not associate this information with any individual person
or entity and only use the information to improve our website. To
provide users options on how their data is collected by Google
Analytics, Google has developed an opt-out browser add-on, to enable users to opt-out of Google’s programs.
Links to Databases
connecting users to licensed databases and other electronic resources
outside the library, the library releases information that authenticates
the user as a library card holder of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Users must be aware, when accessing remote sites, that there are limits
to the privacy protection the library can provide and the Library does
not exercise control over, or responsibility for, information about you
collected by other websites linking to or from the Library website. You
access these sites at your own risk.
Links to Other Sites
are links on our website that will take users to other websites that
solicit personal information. Enoch Pratt Free Library has no control
over these websites or how they collect, distribute, or otherwise use
any personal information. Enoch Pratt Free Library is not responsible or
liable for the policies, actions, or content of other websites. We
encourage our users to exercise caution when using other websites, and
review the terms of service and privacy policies available at these
other websites. You access these sites at your own risk.
Children’s Privacy (Individuals Under 13 Years of Age)
or guardians of a child under the age of 13 may obtain access to their
child’s records only if they provide the child’s library card or card
number. Enoch Pratt Free Library encourages parents and guardians to
take an active role in their child’s online activities. Children under
13 years of age are required to obtain a parent's or guardian’s
permission before using our website. Enoch Pratt Free Library is
committed to protecting the privacy of children and does not knowingly
collect, use, or disclose personal identifiable information about
visitors to our website who are under 13 years of age.
Changes to This Policy
Pratt Free Library reserves the right at any time to change or modify
as well as any information we receive in the future.
inquiries or requests concerning your personal data, email to
Your Acceptance of These Terms
using this website, you acknowledge and agree to the terms and
please do not use this website.
These policies are up-to-date and in effect as of August 20, 2019.