This statement sets out the State Library's policies relating to the privacy of your personal information. This website is operated in compliance with the South Australian Government's Information Privacy Principles, (obtained from the State Records website).

The State Library website collects the following information from users:

  • personal information, such as your name and current address, to provide you with equitable access to materials and services
  • your email address, if you supply it under the following circumstances:
  • if you send us a message by email
  • you include your email address in an online form

The email address and any other information of a personal nature that may have been collected via an online form is stored in a secure area.  Such information is only forwarded to appropriate staff so they can answer your question, action your request for service or approve a request made via your email address.

Registration for services lasts for two years and records are deleted if registration is not renewed.

A record of each visit to our website is made, and the following information is logged for statistical purposes:

  • user's IP address
  • date and time of the visit to the site
  • pages accessed and documents downloaded
  • previous site visited
  • the type of browser used.

These statistics tell us how our site is being used and helps us improve it to make your visit useful and enjoyable.  No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our server logs. This information is analysed annually to determine the site's usage statistics.

Please note that the State Library website contains links to a large number of other websites. When a user has clicked on a link to another site, they leave the State Library site and are no longer protected by the State Library's privacy conditions.

No attempt will be made to permanently record the materials or services used. Our library management system will record materials used while they are in use for security purposes, but does not keep a record of the user after the material is returned.

This privacy statement is periodically reviewed in line with the ongoing development of the website and other services.