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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Boulder Labs Library website, a service of the Department of Commerce. Our privacy policy is clear: we will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide the information to us. 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:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  3. The date and time you access our site
  4. The pages you visit
  5. If you linked to the Boulder Labs Library website from another website, we will collect the address of that website that brought you to our page

Your Rights Under the Privacy Act

Information about the Privacy Act can be found at: https://www.foia.gov/.

How Information is Used

We use this information that we collect 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 personal identifiable information about individuals and their visits.

Online Forms

Our website may have forms where users can submit feedback, answer a questionnaire, or other information. These forms may ask for personal identifiable information from the user such as: name, email, and phone number when a user is requesting for assistance with finding resources or is signing up for a newsletter. All information submitted by users of the Boulder Labs Library is voluntary. Additionally, we may store non-personally identifiable information from users and their research habits to understand the needs and habits of users on our website. We may use this non-personally identifiable information to research how we can improve the online experience of all users.

Before personal identifiable information is collected from users, we will make sure to disclose:

  • the purpose of why we are collecting information;
  • how the information collected will be used;
  • the amount of time the information collected will be retained; and
  • if the information will be shared, and who will the information be shared with.


If you contact us by using e-mail or electronic forms available on our website the information may be seen by various people in the attempt to respond to your request. All information submitted by the user is voluntary, and submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose.


The Boulder Labs Library website does not use persistent cookies to track users. However, one or more of the website components may utilize session cookies to simplify the users navigation. These cookies are deleted from the server after a users session ends.

Google Analytics

The Boulder Labs Library website uses Google Analytics as defined by the Office of Management and Budget's OMB M-10-22 or the "Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies". Google Analytics uses cookies, these cookies start with _utm, to recognize your computer if you visit the Boulder Labs Library again in the future. Google Analytics does not track personal identifiable information from users. For more information, please refer to the Google Analytics Privacy Policy. If you would like to disable Google Analytics cookies, you can set up your browser to reject cookies.

Amount of Time Information is Retained

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration General Schedule 20.

Privacy Act System of Records

The Boulder Labs Library website does not have any Privacy Act System of Records (PASOR) as defined by the Privacy Act .

Interaction with Children

The Boulder Labs Library does not have content for children and does not collect personally identifiable information from children. For these purposes, the Boulder Labs Library has not incorporated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) into the online privacy policy.

Department of Commerce Endorsement Policy

Links that direct users to outside of the Boulder Labs Library website are for the convenience of the user. These outside links are not endorsed or approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Updated January 2023