Information collected and stored automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain (example, “xyzcompany.com”) and IP address from which you access our website.
- Geographic location of the IP address at an overview level. We do not locate to specific addresses or neighborhoods, only to city-level locations such as Bryan, College Station, Houston, etc.
- The type of browser, operating system and device used to access our site.
- The date and time of the visit.
- The pages accessed during the visit.
- Time spent on these pages.
- Actions taken while on these pages, including link clicks and scrolling.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors — to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.
We do not track or record information about individuals.
If you send us personal information
If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an e-mail to library staff, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our website — we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We are required to maintain many documents for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you.
However, information we receive may be considered public information which is subject to disclosure under Texas law. Except for information disclosure required by Texas law, we only share the information you give us with another government agency, if your inquiry relates to that agency. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide, or provide such information to any private organizations. The Bryan + College Station Public Library System does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Protection of minors
We are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are providing personal information on line. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information on line — at our site or any other site — and recommend parents always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, if children do provide information through the Bryan + College Station Public Library System website, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.
A cookie is a tiny piece of text that, with your permission, is placed on your computer’s hard drive. If your browser is set to notify you before accepting a cookie, you will receive a request for a cookie to be stored on your computer. This cookie, by itself, only tells us that a previous visitor has returned. It does not give us private information about you. You must, however, accept the cookie in order to access some applications on our website.
We want to be sure you understand that accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you. We know that some citizens have concerns about cookies, but the benefit we both gain from their use is worthwhile.
This site may contain links to other sites. Bryan + College Station Public Library System is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites.