A Privacy Policy for each library user…

All Hopkins Libraries share great respect for the privacy of library users. As such, we recognize the importance of protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you share with us when you use our websites or other library services. The following policy states the specific methods and criteria for collecting, disclosing, maintaining, protecting and using your personal information.

The libraries of Johns Hopkins (the Library) respect and protect the privacy and confidentiality of users of our online and in-person services.

When you visit the Library managed web sites, our web servers automatically collect and temporarily store the following types of information:

  • Internet address (IP) and network domain from which you visited a Library site
  • Information about the operating system and browser used
  • Date and time of the visit
  • Pages and links visited
  • Words searched on the Libraries web site

The Library’s web servers may also use browser “cookies” or other technologies to maintain session and preference information and to provide other complex functionality. The Library will use cookies to capture IP addresses for collecting data on web usage. Users may disable the use of cookies and other web technologies through their internet browser settings; however, some advanced features of our website may not function properly if these functions are blocked by the browser.

The Library maintains the confidentiality of all user information obtained through reference interviews, circulation and interlibrary borrowing of library materials, and use of library facilities.

On occasion, with Hopkins Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and with individual library user consent, the Library may collect personal information to conduct user behavior research as part of our effort to continue enhancing our services.

Access to personal information is restricted to authorized library staff who need it to conduct library business. Personal information is never used for commercial purposes and it will not be revealed to any third party except by such process, order, or subpoena authorized by law.

Library websites link to internet sites and services outside the administrative domain of the Library and the Johns Hopkins University. The privacy practices of external websites are not governed by the Library. Although the Library makes every attempt to include user information protections in license agreements, users should read the privacy statements at these sites to determine their practices. The Library does not provide vendors with personal user information.

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Library web sites are compiled from a variety of sources and should be used for informational purposes only. The Hopkins Libraries disclaims all responsibility for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from, arising out of, or any way related to any errors in or omissions from this Web site and the content, including but not limited to technical inaccuracies, time sensitive information and typographical errors. The Libraries may make improvements and/or changes to its features, functionality, or content at any time.

The web sites contain links to other World Wide Web sites. Please be advised that Hopkins Libraries do not control or endorse the information presented on these web sites, nor do these sites endorse the information contained on the Hopkins Libraries sites. Hopkins Libraries are not responsible for the information policies or opinions of other sites. The web privacy practices, disclaimers and security of these sites are not representative, either implicitly or explicitly of all Hopkins Libraries.

Patron Confidentiality

All Hopkins Libraries recognize the confidentiality of information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, or acquired by a library user. These materials may include database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, programs or services, such as reference interviews. Accordingly, Hopkins Libraries will not disclose such information except as required by applicable law.

Please note that the Libraries may be obligated to release such information to federal law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant or subpoena issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). Subpoenas served pursuant to this law may require Hopkins Libraries to produce information about a library patron to law enforcement authorities without notifying the patron it has done so.


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If you have questions about the privacy policy of Johns Hopkins University, please see the following specific information on privacy issues: