The DigiPen Institute of Technology library respects each patron's privacy concerning use of library resources and actively seeks to preserve those privacy rights. Although the library makes every effort to protect the privacy of user circulation records and computer use, it may be obligated to release such information to law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant, subpoena, or other lawful directive issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1801, et seq., as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). Under certain circumstances, library staff may be prohibited from informing you that the library received such a request.

The library maintains personally identifiable information for library accounts of valid library users. Items charged out are, of course, linked to the individual who currently has them. Upon return of an item to the library, no record that the item has been borrowed by the individual is retained unless the item was returned overdue and resulted in an overdue fine. Records of non-returned or lost items billed to an individual for replacement are also retained for the same administrative and auditing purposes.

Library circulation records are confidential information. Library staff will not give out the name of a person who currently has an item to another library user, and will not release this information to any other entity outside the library, except as required by law.

Circulation records are confidential in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.56.310 which exempts patron information from the state's Public Records Act. That exemption prohibits public inspection and copying of "Any library record, the primary purpose of which is to maintain control of library materials, or to gain access to information, which discloses or could be used to disclose the identity of a library user."