OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. ("OCLC") is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. The following policy describes how we collect and use information we receive from visitors to our site. OCLC is committed to protecting end-user privacy online. If a user submitting personal information is suspected of being younger than 13 years of age, OCLC will delete this information from its records in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (15 U.S. Code, 6501 et seq). Some products may contain additional privacy provisions in their terms and conditions.
How and What Information is Collected
(1) Personally identifiable information
Personally identifiable information may be collected in conjunction with necessary processes. This information may include, but are not limited to: (1) First and last name, (2) Address, (3) ZIP/Postal Code, (4) Email address, (5) Telephone number, (6) Affiliated library information, or (7) Credit card numbers and other billing information.
(2) IP Address
The OCLC web site logs IP addresses for system administration purposes. Your IP address can help us diagnose service problems and provide session statistics.
In order to take advantage of some features of the site, you must register and create a member account. An OCLC online registration form may require you to provide information such as your name, email address, a User Name, and a password.
(5) Usage and Circulation Records
Any information collected may be used to analyze usage, evaluate service effectiveness and provide training material, and to facilitate library research.
(6) Questions, Comments, and Entries to Open Forums and Reviews
We encourage you to provide personal information ONLY in fields specifically designed for such information such as riegstration and log-on.
Comments and entries to forums and reviews are posted in real time. Consequently, your entire submission may appear in an open forum or review. Please be aware that any personal information you include within this entry field will be available to the public. OCLC will make reasonable attempts to remove personal information included in submissions.
Why Information is Collected
The majority of the information we collect is analyzed so that we can improve your OCLC experience. This information is not shared outside of OCLC except as described in this policy. If necessary, we will use your information to contact you. Except as permitted by this policy, OCLC does not send unsolicited e-mails
The purposes for collecting information and contacting you are:
(2) Fulfilling requests and orders for OCLC products, programs and services
(3) Customer service and support
(4) Providing information and answering questions related to the use and purchase of services.
(5) Providing updates on goods and services and notification of special offers
(6) Delivering newsletters
(7) Providing notification of service expiration dates.
(8) Facilitating participation in an OCLC Open Forum or Review
(9) Compiling aggregate statistical and academic analysis
(1) Sometimes OCLC may identify a new purpose outside of the stated purposes listed above and it will provide notification or, if the purpose involves the use of sensitive information, it will seek your consent to use and disclose personal information for that purpose.
(2) Your information will not be used for reasons beyond the scope of the stated purposes and OCLC will never willfully disclose personally identifiable information to a third party outside of the stated purposes unless:
- We are required to do so by law, or
- We provide notification to you
At times, OCLC partners with third parties to complete the stated purposes, and the third parties may require use of personally identifiable information. For instance, information must be disclosed to process orders through the online store, interact with Regional Service Providers, and to market products or services to you. We have taken reasonable steps to ensure the protection of your information, and to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of that information.
This web site contains links to other sites. Such links do not imply OCLC's endorsement or guarantee of the products, information or recommendations provided by any third party site. Please be aware that OCLC is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our end-users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.
(1) To tell us you don't want to receive communication from OCLC, such as email newsletter announcing new features or content, opt out at registration, if available, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) You can decline to provide personal information to us or opt out at anytime. However, this may limit your ability to utilize the services on the web site.
We have put in place reasonable measures to protect the personal information contained in our databases. Measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access and maintain appropriate use and accuracy. Furthermore, data that is transmitted in association with our online store is encrypted and is secured by SSL.
Your password is a component of our security system. As such, it is your responsibility to protect it. Do not share your password with any third parties. If your password has been compromised for any reason, you should change it immediately.
Access to Information
OCLC provides links in their e-mail communications and web pages for managing the information that is sent. If you have questions about the information collected about yourself, would like to update or make changes to your information, or are concerned that your information is inaccurate or incomplete please contact email@example.com. We make a reasonable effort to ensure that information contained in our database is accurate and, when necessary, current.
Contact and Notice
If you have any questions regarding our policies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Incorporated
Customer Service, ATTN: Privacy
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395