Your privacy is important to us and we understand how important it is to you. Therefore, we have created this online privacy statement to help you learn and follow how we handle your information.
The Starr Library, as part of the Mid-Hudson Library System protects its users’ privacy by keeping information about materials they check out and information they access confidential, as required by law. In New York, the confidentiality of library records is governed by New York CPLR 4509, which reads as follows:
Library records, which contain names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of public, free association, school, college and university libraries and library systems of this state, including but not limited to records related to the circulation of library materials, computer database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, title reserve requests, or the use of audio-visual materials, films or records, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.
Updating Your Information and Preferences
Patrons who would like to update information and preferences in connection with Library newsletters, mailing lists, and databases should contact the Circulation Desk at the library. In all instances, patrons can stop receiving e-newsletters sent by the Library by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each such e-newsletter. If a patron wishes to update a telephone number or email address, please contact the library.
MHLS Patron Privacy Statement Public Libraries are committed to protecting the borrowing information of patrons, and their right to access information that is controversial, sensitive or personal, without fear of embarrassment or humiliation.
- New York State Law (Civil Practice Laws and Rules sec 2307 §4509) guarantees the confidentiality of library patron borrowing records. Your records can only be viewed upon presentation of a subpoena.
Under New York State Law, if you are signing for a library card for someone under 18, the library is, under the above law, prohibited from revealing that minor’s borrowed materials to you.
- USA PATRIOT ACT still requires the presentation of a subpoena for access to your records.
- Your Patron Information. The information in your patron record is the property of the library that is listed as your home library. While other libraries have access to that data, no other library can use that data for anything other than library transactions. Your home library can use the data for library mailings. If the library has a Friends group, they can allow the group to also use the patron data, but information will not be given to any other organization. If you do not wish to have the Friends group to have your name, address, email and telephone, notify the library and you will be removed from that list.
- Your borrowing history. As soon as you return an item within the due date, the link to that item is deleted from your patron record. However the software retains in the item’s record, the name of the last person who took it out and the name of the current borrower of the item. In addition, if you owe a fine or have an outstanding bill that information stays on your record until six months after payment has been received. The software also keeps the items you have pending through Request-A-Title.
- Reading History Option: If you elect to use the reading history option, the system will remember all items you checked out even after you return them. This information is protected under the privacy laws and can only be accessed by you or by the library if presented with a subpoena. You can at any time delete items from your reading history and those items will no longer be included. For people who do not choose the reading history options, no history of checked out items is kept.
- If you wish to be notified of item availability or fine notices by e-mail, be aware that the e-mail message will include the title of the item.