MBLWHOI Library Privacy Statement
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 state, federal, or local government agency 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 Director.