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Responsible Use and Privacy of Library Data Statement


The UMass Amherst Libraries collect data about your library use in order to improve services and resources, and to integrate with broader University initiatives. No person or entity may access protected data, except through strict processes established by University policy and in compliance with Massachusetts and federal laws. We value your academic and intellectual freedom, and we are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all user data. We accept the responsibility to ethically use data to improve student learning and to contribute to the goals of the University, the Campus, and the Libraries.

Third Party Vendors
The Libraries license services and content from third party vendors who have their own privacy policies and confidentiality practices. When you leave the Libraries’ website, your interaction with these systems will be governed by their individual privacy policies. Check the privacy statements for specific vendors to learn how your data is stored and used by them.

Google Analytics
The UMass Amherst Libraries and the Five College Catalog use Google Analytics, a web analytics service that operates through the use of a cookie, which is a text file placed on your computer containing information about your use of the Libraries’ website. The information stored in the cookie (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google. This information is used for analytical and feature-improvement related purposes only. More information about Google Analytics and Google’s privacy policy is available here. You can opt-out of Google Analytics tracking though the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on:

Questions may be directed to the Dean of Libraries,, (413) 545-6868.

Approved by Senior Management Group, October 26, 2016