Privacy policy

Important information

We appreciate you visiting our website and showing interest in our library. Protecting your personal data is very important to us, and we want you to feel safe when visiting our website. For this reason, we have put together some important information for you on the data that are collected, processed and used in accordance with privacy regulations when you visit our website.

Personal data:
Personal data are individual pieces of information about a personal or the material circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes information such as your proper name, your address, your telephone number and your date of birth. Information not classified as personal data, on the other hand, includes information that cannot be linked to your real identity, such as the number of users on our website or comparable summarised data.

Anonymous data collection:
You can generally visit our website without telling us who you are. We only see your IP address, the website from which you came to us, and the pages you visit on our website. This information is analysed for statistical purposes. As an individual user, however, you will remain anonymous.

Collecting and processing personal data:
Personal data is only collected if you provide this to us of your own accord, such as to receive our newsletter, a survey, or when signing up for personalised services. As part of the ZLB’s (Berlin Central & Regional Library) personalised services, your registration data will be processed for market-research purposes and to tailor electronic services to you, provided you have consented to this. This data will not otherwise be shared with third parties. You may of course revoke your respective consent to future data collection and processing at any time, and will be advised on this separately when we ask for your consent.

Use of Cookies
“Cookies” are small files which enable us to store specific information relating to you, the user, on your PC while you visit our website. Cookies help us calculate the usage frequency and number of users visiting our website, and make our website as convenient and efficient for you as possible. We use “session cookies”, which are only stored for the duration of your visit to our website, and “permanent cookies” to record information about computers that repeatedly access our website. This enables us to offer you an optimum user experience, “recognise” you, and provide you with new and varied content when you visit our site repeatedly. The information held by a permanent cookie is limited to an ID number. Your name, IP address or other information about your true identity is not stored, and we do not create  individual profiles of your usage behaviour. Our website may also be used without cookies. You may disable the storage of cookies under Advanced/Internet Options on your respective browser, restrict cookies to certain websites, or set your browser so that it notifies you when a cookie is sent. You can also delete cookies from your PC’s hard drive at any time (e.g. Firefox: Advanced > Settings > Privacy > Display cookies > Clear cookie / Clear all cookies; Internet Explorer: Advanced > Internet options > Clear browser history / cookies). Please note, however, that this will restrict your user experience and the way our website is displayed to you.

Google Analytics
The websites of the ZLB (Berlin Central & Regional Library) use Google Analytics, a web analysis service run by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer and which enable your use of our website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie in relation to your use of our website is generally sent to a Google server in the USA, where it is stored. Due to IP anonymisation being activated on our website, however, Google will abbreviate your IP address within the European Union or European Economic Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and be abbreviated there. Google will use this information on our behalf to analyse your use of our website, to compile reports on website activities, and to render additional services for us in relation to website usage and Internet usage. The IP address sent by your browser as part of Google Analytics is not combined with other Google data. You can prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting your browser settings accordingly. Please note, however, that this may mean you are unable to use all the functions of our website to their full extent. You may also prevent Google from recording and processing the data generated by the cookie relating to your use of our website (incl. your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the link below:
http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Alternatively to the browser add-on, particularly in the case of browsers on mobile end devices, you may also prevent Google Analytics from recording data by clicking this link. This will install an opt-out cookie which will prevent your data from being recorded when visiting this website in future. The opt-out cookie will only apply to this browser, and only to our website, and will be stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you will have to re-install the opt-out cookie.

Further information on this is available at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de  (general information on Google Analytics and privacy). Please note that our website adds the code “gat._anonymizeIp();” to Google Analytics to ensure anonymised recording of IP addresses (known as IP masking).

Further information and contact:
If you have further questions relating to privacy at the ZLB, please contact our library’s data protection officer:

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek
Martina Hennig
Breite Strasse 30-36
D-10178 Berlin
Telephone: 030/90226-654
Fax: 030/90226-660
Email:
martina.hennig@zlb.de

You are also welcome to send suggestions by email, fax or letter to the following address any time:

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek
Martina Hennig
Breite Strasse 30-36
D-10178 Berlin
Telephone: 030/90226-654
Fax: 030/90226-660
Email:
martina.hennig@zlb.de

In accordance with privacy regulations, we will automatically delete your stored personal data if it is no longer required in order to fulfil the purpose for which it was stored, or if the storage thereof is prohibited based on other legal grounds. In some legally stipulated cases (e.g. legal storage duties), your data may be locked instead of deleted.