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Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) respects your privacy. We recognize that visitors to the BPL website may be concerned about the information they provide to us and how we treat that information. Although no transmission on the Internet is 100% secure, BPL exercises care in providing secure transmission of your information from your PC to our servers.

Fundraising and Marketing Outreach

We may send requests to support the Library to people who have expressed interest in the Library's programs or services; this practice is customary in the non-profit world. BPL occasionally uses third party vendors to confirm the contact information we have for our users is current and to determine which users are most likely to provide support.  We do not rent or sell your Personal Information. However, we do share names and postal addresses with other nonprofit cultural organizations.  Sharing this information with other reputable charitable organizations is the most cost-effective way to find new users, share program offerings, and identify new donors. 

If you would prefer that your information not be shared with other organizations, please contact our Development Office at [email protected] 

We may also use information collected about you to work with third-party marketing vendors to show you ads on third-party websites about Library services. We may also use your information to improve our marketing outreach by working with third-party vendors to build models to identify and reach new users online based on them displaying similar online behavior to our existing users. You can easily opt-out of such use of your information by (a) clicking the 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of any marketing or communications e-mail you receive from us or clicking here to request immediate removal.

Secure Transactions

BPL takes seriously the protection of sensitive information collected through online donations. BPL select transaction vendors who agree to comply with industry standards and generally agree upon methods of encryption and encoding. Multiple "firewalls" are used to protect this personal information.

BPL uses a technology called Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt any credit card information that you send us. Once such information is transmitted to our site, it is stored on our servers and then conveyed to a third-party financial institution that receives your credit card number and other personal identifying information in order to verify and process a transaction.

BPL's Privacy Statement

BPL's Privacy Statement provides information on the kinds of patron information collected to serve you as an individual, and the "generic" information that we collect to improve our website and electronic communications.

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