PrairieCat protects its users’ privacy by keeping information about materials they check out and information they access confidential, as required by the IllinoisLibrary Records Confidentiality Act, 75 ILCS 70/1 et seq.
75 ILCS 70/1 Registration and circulation records; statistical reports
1 (a) The registration and circulation records of a library are confidential information. No person shall publish or make any information contained in such records available to the public unless:
- Required to do so under a court order; or
- The information is requested by a sworn law enforcement officer who represents that it is impractical to secure a court order as a result of an emergency where the law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that there is an imminent danger of physical harm. The information requested must be limited to identifying a suspect, witness, or victim of a crime. The information requested without a court order may not include the disclosure of registration or circulation records that would indicate materials borrowed, resources reviewed, or services used at the library. If requested to do so by the library, the requesting law enforcement officer must sign a form acknowledging the receipt of the information. A library providing the information may seek subsequent judicial review to assess compliance with this section.
This subsection shall not alter any right to challenge the use or dissemination of patron information that is otherwise permitted by law.
(b) This section does not prevent a library from publishing or making available to the public reasonable statistical reports regarding library registration and book circulation where those reports are presented so that no individual is identified therein.
(b-5) Nothing in this Section shall be construed as a privacy violation or a breach of confidentiality if a library provides information to a law enforcement officer under item (2) of subsection (a).
(c) For the purpose of this Section, i “library” means any public library or library of an educational, historical or eleemosynary institution, organization of society; (ii) “registration records” includes any information a library requires a person to provide in order for that person to become eligible to borrow books and other materials and (iii) “circulation records” includes all information identifying the individual borrowing particular books or materials.
(Source: P.A. 95-40, eff. 1-1-08.)
Information Recorded and Used
We request a user’s library patron barcode and PIN to log into My Account on the PrairieCat online catalog,. You also have the option to choose a unique alias or username which will be used solely for the purpose of providing access to your user account. Individuals may choose to submit their email addresses or telephone numbers in order to receive library services such as phone, email or text notifications. Library accounts also include name and postal address. PrairieCat does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute information to outside companies or organizations unless legally required to do so.
Third Party Partners
PrairieCat has teamed up with reputable third-party partners to provide certain online services. The information you submit to PrairieCat may be provided to those third parties on a confidential basis so they can assist us in providing these services. In cases where users leave the PrairieCat website to visit one of its partners’ websites, they are encouraged to learn about the privacy policies of the websites they visit.
Contents of your User Account
We use the Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, referring URL, files accessed, errors generated, time zone, operating system and other visitor details collected in our log files to analyze the trends, administer the website, track visitor's movements and to improve our website.
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We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). We do not request or knowingly collect any personally identifiable contact information from anyone under 13 years of age.
PrairieCat has taken reasonable steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information it maintains, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring and auditing. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. These measures are intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession. Any page on the PrairieCat website that asks for personal information will show a lock icon in the status bar. Look for this icon on any web page that asks for your personal information.