To find out more about what we do with your information, see our Privacy Statement.
This policy was last updated on 10 July 2012.
What are cookies?
The cookies used by British Library websites do not contain any of your personal information, and we cannot use them to find out who you are.
Cookies are small text files that websites save to your computer. They often include a randomly generated number which is stored on your device. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.
Cookies are commonly used to improve browsing experience; measure website performance; support the delivery of services and support sharing information through social media, such as Twitter or Facebook.
The cookies that we use on our websites only collect anonymous information they do not collect personal information.
What cookies are on British Library websites?
We have audited our cookies and produced a list of the cookies we use which describes, categorises and explains which sites use them:
There are two types of cookies: ‘session cookies’ and ‘persistent cookies’
Session cookies only last for the duration of a website visit. Your web browser normally deletes session cookies when it quits.
Persistent cookies outlast a session and will normally have an expiry date.
Essential (also known as ‘strictly necessary’) cookies
These cookies are essential for you to be able to move around some of our websites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas, for example, ‘My book requests’ and Document Supply accounts. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets, previous searches and results cannot be provided.
Here is a list of Essential Cookies used on British Library websites:
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Here is a list of Performance Cookies used on British Library websites:
The British Library’s main tool for collecting performance information is comScore Digital Analytix. comScore provide further information about their cookies and a method of opting out of receiving them here.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make such as your user name, and provide enhanced customised features such as the Management and Business Studies Portal. These cookies can be used to remember changes you make to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise or to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. In our Online Shop these cookies help us to provide customer service, including contacting customers who have not checked out to follow up on abandoned shopping carts or to see if there was a problem with their use of the site. Information stored by functionality cookies is anonymised and cannot be used to track your browsing activity on other websites.
Here is a list of Functionality Cookies used on British Library websites:
Where can I find more about cookies and how to turn-off or delete them?
Find out more about cookies at www.aboutcookies.org including information on how to control and delete them in all the major web browsers.
For information about deleting cookies from the browser on your mobile phone, refer to your handset manual.