Privacy Policy

Protecting our patrons’ personal information is important. We collect, use, and share information obtained from online visitors only in the following ways:

  • Personal information is voluntarily provided by users.
  • Personal information is used only for its intended purpose.
  • Personal information is disclosed to other government agencies only if required by law.
  • Personal information is disclosed to contractors or associates only to carry out user requests. Third parties either follow our privacy policy or prominently display their own.
  • Personal information is not disclosed to outside parties without first obtaining permission from the user.
  • We provide a safe online environment for children in accordance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) principles.
  • We have safeguards to protect all information collected.
Personal Information

Personal information may be required to use certain features of Library of Congress websites, such as making a purchase from the Library’s online shop, submitting a request to the Ask a Librarian service, responding to a feedback form, or participating in blog discussions. We always inform users what information is required, and only use that information for its stated purpose. If you provide the information requested, then you consent to our using the information for the stated purpose. If you do not provide the information then some website features may be unavailable.

Occasionally, we work with third parties to provide a better user experience, such as for fulfilling online orders, emailing updates or collecting voluntarily-provided feedback. These third-party sites will either follow our privacy policy, or prominently display their own. Other than these exceptions, and for authorized government law enforcement activities, we do not provide personal information to outside organizations without first obtaining the user’s consent.

Types of Information Collected

The Library of Congress collects several types of information, although never for commercial marketing use:

  1. Automatically Collected Information
  2. Information Collected for Measurement and Customization (Cookies)
  3. Personal Information
About Our Web Surveys

The Library of Congress uses various types of online forms, including third-party forms and surveys, to collect opinions and feedback. Submitting information is voluntary.