To make our website simpler and easier to use we sometimes use small data files called cookies. These data files aren't there to identify you, but just to make the website work better for you. Most websites use cookies.

These are the ways we use cookies:

In the Shop and online application form

We use cookies to remember the information you have typed in as you move from page to page in the process of purchasing a membership or item from the shop. These cookies are removed once you have closed down your browser.

In logging in to the online catalogue or elibrary:

We use cookies to remember that you have logged in to the online catalogue or elibrary so that you don't need to be asked again for your login details. These cookies are removed once you close down your browser.

In measuring how people use the website:

In common with many other websites we use Google Analytics. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. This information helps us in better understanding what sort of information we should put on our website. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address), just the IP (Internet Protocol) number of your computer, so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name     Typical Content                    Expiry

_utma  -  randomly generated number  -  2 years

_utmb  -  randomly generated number  -  30 minutes

_utmc  -  randomly generated number  -  when you close your browser

_utmx  -  randomly generated number  -  2 years

_utmxx  -  randomly generated number  -  2 years

_utmz  -  randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)   -  6 months

If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your computer you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this may make some aspects of our website, and other websites, harder to use and in some cases may mean you are unable to use certain sections.For more information about Google Analytics visit the Google Analytics website.