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Library Services: Privacy

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Patron Privacy Policy

The Santa Fe Community College Library respects the privacy of its students, faculty, staff, and community members. All library users have the right to seek information confidentially, in the spirit of open inquiry.  We do not share your personal data, circulation history, or research questions with third parties.  Library personnel may examine usage data for statistical purposes, but personally identifiable information is never attached.  Students who are inactive at SFCC for more than 1 year and do not have any bills or overdue items are permanently removed from the library’s computer system. 

The New Mexico Library Privacy Act (NM Statute 18-9) prohibits the disclosure of patron records:  “Patron records shall not be disclosed or released to any person not a member of the library staff in the performance of his duties, except upon written consent of the person identified in the record, or except upon court order issued to the library. The library shall have the right to be represented by counsel at any hearing on disclosure or release of its patron records.”

In the event that law enforcement or government officials request confidential library data, the Library Director will be notified. If necessary, legal guidance from the college administration will be sought. 

For more information on the guiding principles of patron privacy, please see the American Library Association’s Privacy statement.

For more information on Santa Fe Community College’s privacy policy, please see the SFCC Privacy Policy website.

Information that patrons may choose to share with library vendors is protected and used under the vendor’s privacy policy.  For library vendor policies see:

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