The UT Health San Antonio Libraries respect the privacy rights of all customers regarding the use of library facilities. In general, the First Amendment, and the confidentiality of library records, takes precedence over everything except for national security, the threat of immediate injury or harm, and illegal activity.
All library staff with access to library user records are responsible for implementation of this policy.
This policy applies to all library records, including but not limited to records relating to registration for use of Koha, Ovid or EZProxy, circulation transaction records, computer database searches, use of electronic full-text resources, online search requests, interlibrary loan requests, reference queries, requests for photocopies of library materials, electronic article delivery requests, title reserve requests, use of library computers, web browser history, software, servers and the Internet, and the use of audiovisual materials.
Library user records will not be made available to any individual or to any agency of local, state or federal government, except under the following circumstances:
Texas Government Code, Section 552.124 (2000) Exception: Confidentiality of Records of Library or Library System.
The American Library Association (ALA) affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that there are basic policies that should guide their services.
The USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) of 2001 became law on October 26, 2001.
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