Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse values the privacy of library users and adheres to the policies and recommendations from the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, particularly those outlined in Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries and Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. In addition, this policy conforms to Wisconsin State Statute 43.30, which covers the privacy and confidentiality of library patron records.
The library seeks to minimize the collection and retention of personally identifiable information and only retains information that is required for the management of library operations. Records retained to varying degrees by Murphy Library systems may include:
Database Search Records
Computer Use Records
Inter-Library Loan Records
Electronic Reference Correspondence
Only authorized staff with assigned passwords may access personal data stored in the library's computer system for the purpose of performing library work. The library will not reveal what materials are checked out, or have been checked out, to an individual or disclose personal data to a third party in a manner that would identify a user, except where required by law or to assist another University of Wisconsin System library in recovering its materials.
The library web site contains many links to other sites, including databases and electronic journals that the library has licensed for the use of faculty, students and staff. Users should be aware that these sites have their own privacy policies that may be different from the Murphy Library policy.