Privacy Policy

All University of Miami Libraries share great respect for the privacy of library users. As such, we recognize the importance of protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you share with us when you use our websites or other library services. The following policy states the specific methods and criteria for collecting, disclosing, maintaining, protecting and using your personal information.

The libraries of the University of Miami (UM Libraries) respect and protect the privacy and confidentiality of users of our online and in-person services.

When you visit UM Libraries managed web sites, our web servers automatically collect and temporarily store the following types of information:

  • Internet address (IP) and network domain from which you visited a Library site
  • Information about the operating system and browser used
  • Date and time of the visit
  • Pages and links visited
  • Words searched on the Libraries web site

The UM Libraries’ web servers may also use browser “cookies” or other technologies to maintain session and preference information and to provide other complex functionality. The Library will use cookies to capture IP addresses for collecting data on web usage. Users may disable the use of cookies and other web technologies through their internet browser settings; however, some advanced features of our website may not function properly if these functions are blocked by the browser.

The UM Libraries maintain the confidentiality of all user information obtained through research queries and consultations, circulation and interlibrary borrowing of library materials, and use of library facilities.

On occasion, with University of Miami Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and with individual library user consent, the UM Libraries may collect personal information to conduct user behavior research as part of our effort to continue enhancing our services.

Access to personal information is restricted to authorized library staff who need it to conduct library business. Personal information is never used for commercial purposes and it will not be revealed to any third party except by such process, order, or subpoena authorized by law.

Library websites link to internet sites and services outside the administrative domain of the UM Libraries and the University of Miami. The privacy practices of external websites are not governed by the UM Libraries. Although the UM Libraries make every attempt to include user information protections in license agreements, users should read the privacy statements at these sites to determine their practices. UM Libraries do not provide vendors with personal user information.

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Library web sites are compiled from a variety of sources and should be used for informational purposes only. The UM Libraries are not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from, arising out of, or any way related to any errors in or omissions from this Web site and the content, including but not limited to technical inaccuracies, time sensitive information and typographical errors. The UM Libraries may make improvements and/or changes to its features, functionality, or content at any time.

The web sites contain links to other World Wide Web sites. Please be advised that UM Libraries do not control or endorse the information presented on these web sites, nor do these sites endorse the information contained on the UM Libraries sites. UM Libraries are not responsible for the information policies or opinions of other sites. The web privacy practices, disclaimers and security of these sites are not representative, either implicitly or explicitly of all UM Libraries.

Some University of Miami units associated with the UM Libraries – such as Learning Commons academic partners – may maintain slightly different policies related to the use of their services and resources. All UM departments adhere to the University of Miami Privacy Policy:

Patron Confidentiality

All UM Libraries recognize the confidentiality of information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, or acquired by a library user. These materials may include database search records, circulation records, interlibrary loan records and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, programs or services, such as research queries and consultations. Accordingly, UM Libraries will not disclose such information except as required by applicable law.

Please note that the Libraries may be obligated to release such information to federal law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant or subpoena issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). Subpoenas served pursuant to this law may require UM Libraries to produce information about a library patron to law enforcement authorities without notifying the patron it has done so.


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