Legal & Compliance

Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

In addition to upholding WPI's Privacy Statement regarding visits to the WPI website, the George C. Gordon Library also supports the American Library Association's Code of Ethics principle stating that: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."

In a library setting, a user's right to privacy includes the freedom to inquire about any information without having others question or examine them. The library's responsibility with regard to confidentiality is to possess the least amount of personally identifiable information (information that identifies a unique individual) on a user while keeping it private. This includes, but is not limited to, circulation records, reserve records, overdue notices, interlibrary loan requests, reference interactions, and Web site visits.

Library staff, including student staff, may not make any user information available to any person or agency, with the exception of library staff for the enforcement of library rules or for resolving research inquiries (ex. fines, lost books, interlibrary loan requests, reference questions) unless issued a warrant, subpoena, or court order under a federal, state, or local law. In the event of such an issuance, library staff will notify the appropriate campus designee and/or college attorneys.

Use of Library Electronic Resources

Gordon Library licenses numerous electronic resources from publishers and information providers to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the WPI Community. Each person who uses these resources is responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of the licenses. Failure to do that can lead to the termination of access to a resource for all WPI users.

Although specific details may vary somewhat from license to license, generally our licenses do not allow the following:

  • Downloading entire issues of electronic journals or entire copies of electronic books.
  • Allowing unauthorized users to access licensed electronic resources.
  • Utilizing software or other tools to systematically download licensed resources.
  • Using licensed resources for commercial purposes.

Use of library electronic resources implies acceptance of the WPI Acceptable Use Policy.

If you have any questions about the use of library electronic resources, please contact the library.

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