MBLWHOI Library Privacy Statement

Privacy Overview

The MBLWHOI Library, in accordance with governing policies of the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, safeguards the privacy of all library patrons. No information collected by the Libraries in the transaction of library business that identifies the intellectual pursuits of a patron (e.g., book/report circulation records, interlibrary loan requests, reference questions) will be disclosed to others, inside or outside of the Library/Institutions, except as required for enforcement of library rules (e.g., recalling circulating materials, tracing missing volumes, fulfilling borrowing requests). The Library de-identifies personal information from library records as soon as the transaction is completed or the legal term for retaining such data is reached.

No patron information will be made available to any inquiries, governmental or otherwise, 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 investigatory powers. In the case of court orders or subpoenas for information about an individual, that individual will ordinarily be notified of the request as soon as possible, unless a court order prohibits such notification, e.g., the USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001 [Public Law No: 107-56].

Information requested by subpoena or court order may only be released by the MBLWHOI Library Co-directors.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

Our Websites automatically gather and store information about Website visits so that we can make improvements to the services we provide. MBLWHOI Library uses cookies, which are small pieces of information sent to a browser by a Website when visited. Cookies are designed to track usage patterns and traffic trends. Information that we collect from cookies will not be used to create profiles of individual users and will only be used in aggregate form.

MBLWHOI Library also uses Google Analytics which collects non-personally identifiable information and places cookies on your browser in order to make the MBLWHOI Library website more interesting and useful to you.

You may set your browser to refuse cookies from any website that you visit. If you so choose, you may still gain access to most of the MBLWHOI Library Websites, but some of our Website features may not work if your cookies are disabled.

More information on Google Analytics and how you can control the information sent to Google is here: www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

You may opt-out of Google Analytics using the information found here: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on