Privacy Statement

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Harvard College Library Web Site ( effective September 2005. An announcement of any changes to this policy will be accessible on the first page of our web site for three months before any changes go into effect.

Information gathering

Our web server software generates logfiles of the IP addresses of computers that access this web site and of what files they access. These web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems.

Use of information

We use your IP address and files you access to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site by identifying (1) which parts of our site are most heavily used, and (2) which portion of our audience comes from within the Harvard network. We also use this information to tailor site content to user needs, and to generate aggregate statistical reports. At no time do we disclose site usage by individual IP addresses.

We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that user sessions may be analyzed, but the users will remain anonymous.  We also do not use cookies.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control.

Contacting the Web Production Team

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact:

HCL Communications
Widener Library, Room 110
Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard College Library Web Site contains links to other independently run Web sites within the Harvard network and to some sites outside the "" domain. HCL is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.