We take your privacy very seriously. That is why we are adding an extra layer of security to your library account with the addition of unique passwords. Passwords provide extra security by protecting reading history and personally identifiable information.
Starting on March 28, 2023, we are implementing password protection on the library catalog. First, you will be given a temporary password for your library account. Then, you will be prompted to update to a unique password of your choosing.
We will provide information on our website and in the libraries about what your temporary password will be, instructions on how to update your password, and how to request assistance. Library staff will be happy to help you through this process.
Why are Marmot libraries implementing passwords?
The library profession prioritizes the protection of patron privacy as a core tenant of the Library Bill of Rights. Colorado law also requires that “reasonable steps” be taken to protect personally identifiable information. Implementing passwords for access to patron data is a reasonable step.
Passwords are for more than just keeping patron reading history private. Personally identifiable information such as personal contact information can be more easily accessed without passwords in place – information that has the potential to result in identity theft or other crimes.
Why is this level of security being put in place now?
Colorado law has recently changed such that this level of security is required. There have been dramatic nationwide and worldwide increases in cyber crime, identity theft, and the commodification of personally identifiable information. This level of security is more important now than in the past.
Can I still use my library card if I forget my password?
Yes. You can still use your library card for in-library checkouts at the circulation desk.
How do I reset my password if I don’t have an email address?
If you do not have an email address associated with your library account, you will need to contact library staff to have your password reset.
What happens if I never reset my default password?
You will have a grace period from March 28 through July 31 to reset your default password. After July 31, you will have to contact the library for assistance resetting the password.
What should I do if I need help?
Please contact library staff if you have questions or need assistance. Or let us know here!