Digital Privacy for Online Resources

Digital Privacy Awareness and You

The Edmonton Public Library subscribes to a diverse list of online resources to bring the best content to your computer or device. These online resources can also be referred to as third-party resources and they are governed by their own privacy policies and terms of reference.

In the course of your visit to our website and online catalogue you may follow links to third-party sites. These sites have their own privacy policies and terms of reference. We ask that you check all third-party resources’ privacy information before you agree to use their services.

When you first log into a resource, we provide information that verifies you are a valid library account holder with our third-party online resources.

Your Information and Online Resources

When you agree to use our online resources, your library account information is sent to that resource’s vendor to tell them that you are allowed to access that resource. This information typically includes your library card barcode and that you are a resident of Edmonton with permission to access this resource. It does not include your borrowing history.

There are some online resources that collect more information to authenticate that you are a resident of Edmonton and an EPL cardholder in good standing. EPL shares additional information about your account with these vendors.

For your information, we have created a list of the online resources that collect information beyond your library barcode, residential info, and card status to authenticate you.


Online Resources and Additional Information Shared


EPL needs to share additional information with five library vendors to authenticate you into their webpages and apps.

  • hoopla
  • Kanopy
  • Lynda.com
  • OverDrive
  • RB Digital Audiobooks and Magazines

The additional information shared with these resources does not include your borrowing history. The additional information shared includes: name, home address, email address, amount of overdue items, number of checked out items, number of items on hold, amount of fees owed, number of checkouts that are not renewable because of holds, home branch, card type (including whether you are an Edmonton resident), whether you are a member in good standing (customer status with EPL), birthday, gender, educational institution and whether you allow EPL to contact you via email.


Creation of Secondary Accounts

Some of our online resources require you to create a secondary personal account to access and use that resource (e.g. hoopla, Kanopy and RB Digital). Other online resources offer an optional secondary personal account (e.g. Cypress Resume, and Mango Language Learning). 

When you create a personal account, you are sharing information such as your account username, email address, borrowing preferences and password directly with the online resource. The Edmonton Public Library does not collect and protect information for personal accounts created through our online resources.

Any of our online resources that are not found on these lists only require you to have an EPL card in good standing, indicating you live in Edmonton, to use their services.

Please remember that all our third-party online resources are governed by their own privacy policies and terms of reference.  We advise all our customers to consult each resource’s policies and terms before agreeing to use their services.  You can find this information on our A-Z Online Resources List.


Resources with Mandatory Secondary Accounts


Brainfuse

To use this resource, you will need to create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Brainfuse’s privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page


Freading

To download eBooks from this resource, you will need to create an Adobe ID and download Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 for desktop or create and use an Adobe ID to authorizing the Freading app. This requires you to share your name, email address, home country and date of birth. You will also have to create a password. To learn more about Freading's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Gale Courses

To use this resource, you will need to share your email address, name, phone number and address. You will also have to create a password and a hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Gale Courses’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


hoopla

To use this resource, you will need to share your email address and create a password. To learn more about Hoopla's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Kanopy

To use this resource, you will need to share your first name and email address, as well as create a password. You can opt in to use Facebook or Google to sign in. To learn more about Kanopy's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Learning Express Library

To use this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a password. To learn more about Learning Express Library's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Lynda.com

To use this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a password. To learn more about Lynda.com's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


RB Digital Audiobooks

To check out any items, you will need to share your name, email address and postal code, as well as create a username and password. You can browse the collection without creating an account. To learn more about RB Digital Audiobooks’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


RB Digital Magazines

To use this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a password. To learn more about RB Digital's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Road to IELTS -- Academic Edition

To use this resource, you will need to share your email address and create a password. To learn more about Road to IELTS' privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Rosetta Stone Language Learning

To use this resource, you will need to share your email address and create a password. To learn more about Rosetta Stone's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Solaro

To use this resource, you will need to share your library card number, as well as create a username and password. To learn more about Solaro's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Resources with Optional Secondary Accounts


Academic Search Elite

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches, search alerts, journal alerts and webpages to your personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Academic Search Elite's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Alexander Street Music Online

You can create an optional account to save clips and playlists. You will need to share your email address and create a username, password and display name. To learn more about Alexander Street Music Online's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


A-Z Magazines and Newspapers: Full Text Finder

To create an optional account for this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about A-Z Magazines and Newspapers’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Business Source Elite

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches, search alerts, journal alerts and webpages to your personal folder. You will need to share your name and email, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Business Source Elite's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Canadian News, Business & Current Affairs

You can create an optional account to save, manage and organize your documents, searches, search results and more. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username and password. To learn more about Canadian News’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Canadian Reference & Research Centre

You can create an optional account to save searches, search results and documents found. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Canadian Reference & Research Centre's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Chinese magazines

You can create an optional account to save your searches, search results and documents found. You will need to share your email address, as well as create a username and password. To learn more about Chinese magazines' privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Classical Scores Library

You can create an optional account to save clips and playlists. You will need to share your email address and create a username, password and display name. To learn more about Classical Scores Library's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Cypress Resume

You can create an optional account to store your documents for later editing. You will need to share your email address and create a username and password. You would also be storing your documents and any information entered with Cypress Resume. This includes things like your name, phone number, email address, mailing address and work history. To learn more about Cypress Resume’s privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Dance in Video

You can create an optional account to save clips and playlists. To create an optional secondary account for this resource you will need to share your email address, as well as create a username, password and display name. To learn more about Dance in Video's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


EBSCO eBooks

You can browse and stream eBooks without an account, but you will need to create an account if you want to download eBooks. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will have to share your name and email address. You will also need to create a password and hint question to help identify your account if you forget your login information. To learn more about EBSCO eBooks’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Explora

You can create an optional account to save search results and search questions to your personal folder. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Explora's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Explora for Kids

You can create an optional account to save search results and search questions to your personal folder. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Explora for Kids' privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Explora for Teens

You can create an optional account to save search results and search questions to your personal folder. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Explora for Teens' privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Flipster Magazines

You can create an optional account to save searches and search alerts to your personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your username or password. To learn more about Flipster Magazines’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Globe & Mail: Canada’s Historical Newspaper 1844 to 2012

You can create an optional account to save, manage and organize your documents, searches, search results and more. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username and password. To learn more about Globe & Mail's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Health Source – Consumer Ed.

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches and more to a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your username or password. To learn more about Health Source's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


MasterFILE

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches and more to a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about MasterFILE's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Mango Language Learning

You can create an optional account if you want to track your lesson progress. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a password. To learn more about Mango Language Learning's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


National Geographic

You can create an optional account to save documents to a list and create personal tags. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a password and hint question in case you forget your password. To learn more about National Geographic's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Newspaper Source Plus

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches, search alerts, journal alerts and webpages to a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Newspaper Source Plus' privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


NFB (National Film Board) Campus

You can create an optional account to create your own playlists as well as comment on films. You will need to share your email address, as well as create a password. To learn more about NFB's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


NoveList

You can create an optional account to save your search results, searches and search alerts in a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about NoveList's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Opera in Video

You can create an optional account to save clips and playlists. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will need to share your email address, as well as create a username, password and display name. To learn more about Opera in Video's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page .


OverDrive

You can create an optional account if you want to download eBooks to an eReader.  To do this you will need to create an Adobe ID. This requires you to share your name, email address, home country and date of birth. You will also have to create a password. No Adobe ID is required to read books in your browser or download them to the new OverDrive Libby app. You can also sign in via Facebook. To learn more about OverDrive's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Regional Business News

You can create an optional account to save search results, saved searches, search alerts, journal alerts and webpages to a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Regional Business News’ privacy policy and terms of reference, please to the resource page.


Road to IELTS -- General Edition

You can create an optional account to track the progress of your lessons. You will need to share your email address and create a password. To learn more about Road to IELTS's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Science Reference Center

You can create an optional account to save search results, searches, search alerts, journal alerts and webpages to a personal folder. You will need to share your name and email address, as well as create a username, password and hint question in case you forget your login information. To learn more about Science Reference Center's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


Theatre in Video

You can create an optional account to save clips and playlists. To create an optional secondary account for this resource, you will need to share your email address, as well as create a username, password and display name. To learn more about Theatre in Video's privacy policy and terms of reference, please go to the resource page.


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