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Privacy statement

Virginia Tech has created this privacy statement in order demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for this web site. This privacy statement applies to these library websites:


Information automatically logged

These sites use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our site.

These sites record the browser type to monitor market penetration of various web browsers so we can better determine the Internet technologies we may utilize in the design of our pages.

These sites use page referrer data—that is, information about the page that linked you to this page—to determine to what extent our page is referenced by other resources on the Web.

Addison logs search terms. We review these terms as an aggregate; we do not associate search terms with individuals. Logged search terms cannot be associated with patrons' circulation activity.

These sites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.("Google").  Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.  Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes setout above.

Logged data may be used to preserve the integrity of our computing resources.

Personal information

Library web sites collect personal information, including name, address, phone number and Hokie Passport or library card number, when patrons fill out forms to request services such as recalling books, searching missing books, requesting an interlibrary loan, appealing fines, or putting an item on reserve.

Most form data is kept only until the service is completed, e.g. when a searched item is found and held at Circulation. Reserve forms are kept for the entire reserve period. We do not share any personal information with any third parties nor do we use any personal information for any purposes beyond those stated here.

Patron data in Addison is regularly updated with files from the Bursar's office, but patrons can update personal information at any time by logging into My Library Account.

Links to Virginia Tech sites

This site contains links to other Virginia Tech pages. The privacy practices of other pages may vary with the purposes of the page. Consult the privacy statement on each page.

Our Ask a Librarian service is hosted by a third-party website; email addresses and questions are stored on this site for 13 months. Access to this data is restricted and is used for statistical purposes and to improve the answers provided through the service.

Links to external sites

This site contains links to other sites. Virginia Tech is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

We link to several hundred external database sites. Each vendor has own statement; look at bottom of search screen or homepage for the privacy policy of the company hosting the database.


This site uses cookies for session management. See the Session Management section for more information about how cookies are used.

Session management

Sessions are only used when patrons log in to My Library Account or Off Campus Sign In. Each session lasts until the browser is closed or 30 minutes of inactivity have lapsed. The session information used by this site is deleted when your browser is closed.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. Log file access is restricted to system administrators while stored on the server. Log files are rotated regularly and archived in a secure location.

User and password information is encrypted before it is transmitted across the network.

Users should also consult Virginia Tech's policy on Acceptable Use.

Virginia Tech complies with all statutory and legal requirements with respect to access to information.

Your Library Account

The University Libraries keep a record of materials checked out to you for the duration of the check out period. Typically, materials that are returned on time and undamaged are then removed from your account; no record is kept of any materials you have checked out in the past. You can choose to opt-in to the My Reading History service which store a record of items you have checked out starting after your opt-in. You may remove individual items from the Reading History or turn it off at any time. Items in your Reading History may be subject to examination by law enforcement authorities with a subpoena and without your permission.

Items with overdue fines or that are damaged remain on your account until the fine or replacement costs are paid, or a successful appeal removes them from your account.

You may choose to save searches for future use or as an alerting service as part of My Library Account. Saved Searches may be subject to examination by law enforcement authorities with a subpoena and without your permission.

You may save lists of materials to My Library Account. My Lists may be subject to examination by law enforcement authorities with a subpoena and without your permission.

Public computers in the libraries

The University Libraries provide access to public computers in Newman and the branches. These stations are available for anyone to use; generic accounts are provided for users without a PID or who do not wish to login with their PID. All browser activity is logged, including computer number, sites browsed, and time used. Each public computer has software to reset any configuration changes at each reboot; any files downloaded will be removed by this software at reboot.

Contact information

Please submit your feedback and/or comments, if you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site.

Concerns about your library account should be directed to the circulation desk of your preferred branch library.


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