Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is saved in your computer when you visit a website that uses cookies.

There are two types of cookies:

  • A persistent cookie that saves a file in your computer during a longer period of time. In this kind of cookie, it is stated how long the text file is preserved in your computer.
  • A session-based cookie that is saved in the memory of your computer only temporary, while you are visiting a website. It is erased when you close your web browser.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies can contain information about what settings you have made, so that when you visit same website again, you do not need to make the settings again. The cookie informs the website that the visitor has been on the website before, and about which settings were made then. If you update your settings, the existing cookie is replaced with a new one. This means that cookies are used to make it easier for you when you visit a specific website.

Preventing storing of cookies

If you do not want cookies stored on your computer, you can switch off the cookie function in safety settings in your web browser. No cookies will then be stored, but this also means that you will not be able to use all functions on the web site. You can read more about how to deny storing of cookies in the user documentation for your web browser.

Bexley Library Service catalogue cookies

Bexley Library Service catalogue cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas, media baskets. These cookies are session-based and don’t gather any information about you.

We use these cookies to:

  • Identify you as being logged in to the site.
  • Manage your media baskets.
  • Keep your selected languages between pages.
  • COOKIE_SUPPORT
    Purpose: Informs Bexley Library Service catalogue if the user’s web browser accepts cookies
    Duration: Session
  • GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID
    Purpose: Handles display of selected language
    Duration: Session
  • lastMsgFetch
    Purpose: Displays messages from the library
    Duration: Session
  • JSESSIONID
    Purpose: Cookie to preserve the session
    Duration: Session
  • SELECTED_LOCATION_VALUE
    Purpose: User’s selected preferred event location filter in start page. If nothing is selected, no cookie is set.
    Duration: 7 days

Third party cookies

The Bexley Library Service catalogue can use features that use the following third-party services. Not all features are currently used.

Facebook

  • CacheStorageVersion
    Purpose: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.
    Duration: Persistent
    Domain name: facebook.com
  • datr
    Purpose: Site security and integrity
    Duration: 2 years
    Domain name: facebook.com
  • fr
    Purpose: Advertisement
    Duration: 3 months
    Domain name: facebook.com
  • sb
    Purpose: Used by Facebook to improve friend suggestions.
    Duration: 2 years
    Domain name: facebook.com
  • dpr
    Purpose: Saves the information about log-on Facebook user for the purpose of the advertisement recommendation and updating the content, content of the cookie is confirmed within the conditions of the Facebook use.
    Duration: 1 week
    Domain name: facebook.com
  • wd
    Purpose: Saves the information about log-on Facebook user for the purpose of the advertisement recommendation and updating the content, content of the cookie is confirmed within the conditions of the Facebook use.
    Duration: 1 week
    Domain name: facebook.com

Google Analytics

Bexley Library Service catalogue uses Google Analytics to measure how users interact with the website content.

  • _ga
    Purpose: Creates a unique ID used to generate statistics about how the visitor uses the website.
  • _gat
    Purpose: Used to regulate number of requests
  • _gid
    Purpose: Creates a unique ID used to generate statistics about how the visitor uses the website.
  • collect
    Purpose: Used to send data about the user’s device and behaviour. Tracks the user between different devices and marketing channels.
  • NID
    Purpose: Registers a unique ID that identifies a recurrent user. The ID is used for targeted advertisement.
    Duration: 6 months
    Domain name: google.com

If you do not want your Bexley Library Service catalogue visits to be shown in Google Analytics’ statistics, you can add opt-out add-ons to your browser.

See also: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

Google Translate

Google Translate is used for translations in the Bexley Library Service catalogue.

See also: https://www.google.com/intl/sv/policies/technologies/types/

ReadSpeaker

ReadSpeaker uses cookies to remember your settings until next time you want to listen to something on the website. The default setting for these cookies is that they are saved until they expire, or until you delete them manually.

However, ReadSpeaker has a setting that makes it possible to use session-based cookies that are erased when the web browser is closed.

See also: https://www.readspeaker.com/blog/how-we-use-cookies-in-our-services/

Twitter

This cookie is used to remember the user’s selected language. It does not store personal information or install any tracker on the computer, and is not considered offending.

  • lang
    Purpose: Handles display of selected language
    Duration: Session
    Domain name: syndication.twitter.com

YouTube

These cookies are used to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos, or to keep statistics of what YouTube videos the user has seen. The cookies are not considered offending.

  • IDE
    Purpose: Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report user behavior after having seen or clicked or an ad, to measure the effect of the advertisement and to be able to present targeted advertisement for the user.
    Duration: 1 year
    Domain name: doubleclick.net
  • NID
    Purpose: Registers a unique ID that identifies the device of a recurrent user. The ID is used for targeted advertisement.
    Duration: 6 months
    Domain name: google.com
  • PREF
    Purpose: Registers a unique ID that Google uses to create statistics of user behavior over different websites.
    Duration: 1 year
    Domain name: youtube.com
  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
    Purpose: Tries to estimate user bandwidths on pages where YouTube videos are integrated.
    Duration:6 months
    Domain name: youtube.com
  • YSC
    Purpose: Registers a unique ID to create statistics of which YouTube videos that a user has watched.
    Duration: Session
    Domain name: youtube.com

Wikipedia articles

These cookies are used to show banners and notices appropriate for the region or helps to calculate unique devices accessing the site. The cookies are either session based and expires when the user exits the browser or do not contain personal information and are not considered offending.

  • GeoIP
    Purpose: Helps Wikipedia to show banners and other notices depending on the region, based on information in a GeoIP database.
    Duration: Session
    Domain name: Wikipedia.org
  • WMF-Last-Access
    Purpose: Helps Wikipedia to calculate unique devices that sends requests to their website.
    Duration: 1 month
    Domain name: Wikipedia.org

See also: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/03/30/unique-devices-dataset

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