To safeguard the privacy of individuals in their use of the libraries, the Reed Library maintains the confidentiality of library records and actively supports the American Library Association's Code of Ethics that states: We protect each user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted.
Reed Library will not share users' personal information except as required by law or a court order. Although the Reed Library makes every effort to protect users' privacy, the federal USA Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56 (1)) authorizes federal agents to obtain records of the books and other materials borrowed by users from the Reed Library to the extent such records are maintained. Additionally, libraries are prohibited by the law from notifying the user of such a request by federal authorities.
Data Collection: In order for Fort Lewis College students, faculty, staff, and guests to conduct business with the Reed Library, the Library maintains information about users in a variety of formats and databases. Statistical data gathered to support the goal of continuous service improvement is stripped of personally identifiable information.
Users are entitled to know what information the Reed Library collects about them. State law, with a few exceptions, gives a user the right to be informed about the information FLC collects about the user. It also gives a user the right to request a copy of that information and to have the College correct any part of the information that is incorrect. This should be done by contacting the Library Director, John F. Reed Library, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango, CO 81301.
Staff Responsibilities: Except in the provision of library services through contracts with third parties or in accordance with federal and Colorado state laws, no Library employee shall make known any information contained in the records listed above. Library records will only be released in accordance with a proper judicial order and with permission of the designated administrative officer of the College. Library staff shall refer all requests for the above information to the Library Director.