-A A +A

Your Library Account and Privacy

The Ramapo Catskill Library System adheres to the New York State Laws on Library Records (Civil Practice Laws and Rules, Section 4509), which states that library records shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed except that such records may be disclosed to the extent necessary for the proper operation of such library and shall be disclosed upon request or consent of the user or pursuant to subpoena, court order or where otherwise required by statute.

Each library patron’s circulation account—including names and contact information—is housed on a server owned and housed at the Ramapo Catskill Library System’s headquarters in Middletown, New York. [RCLS does NOT collect Social Security numbers, Driver's License numbers, or Credit Card/Bank account information.] Some of the data that we do house is transferred on a regular basis to a report-generator server owned by our library software vendor, SirsiDynix, Inc. Additionally, book lists that library patrons can create are stored on a catalog server owned by SirsiDynix, Inc. at secure data facilities that they lease.

SirsiDynix adheres to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics’ guidelines for privacy protection, including the obligation to protect each library patron’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

Patron information collected by RCLS member libraries for use with SirsiDynix products and services (see SirsiDynix Privacy Policy) will be processed and stored at either a local RCLS-hosted SirsiDynix site or a regional SirsiDynix hosting facility. Patron PII (Personal Identifying Information) could reside locally with RCLS or in a Cloud environment hosted by SirsiDynix. In either case, SirsiDynix may have access to such PII. For example, when providing support to RCLS for SirsiDynix products and services, SirsiDynix may be granted access to patron PII by RCLS for the purpose of troubleshooting. SirsiDynix may also have access to patron PII for the purpose of aggregating and analyzing non-personally identifiable data. Whenever SirsiDynix is granted access to RCLS patron PII it is handled according to the principles of this Privacy Policy.