Privacy Statement

Cornell University Library (CUL) staff members hold in confidence all information about individual Library users and their choices of research or study material, to the extent allowable by law.

New York State law protects the confidentiality of library records, including, but not limited to the circulation of materials, database searches, interlibrary loan transactions, reference queries, and requests for copies of library materials. However, Library patrons should be aware that recent Federal legislation (USA PATRIOT Act of 2001) has expanded the circumstances under which a federal agent may request patron records held by the Library; if such records are requested by federal authorities, the Library is prohibited by law from notifying the patron of that request.