Cookie Policy

Introduction

The National Library of Ireland uses cookies on its website as it helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website.
By using our website, you accept the use of cookies in accordance with this Cookies Policy.  In particular, you accept the use of Analytics Cookies for the purposes described below.
If you do not accept the uses of these cookies, please disable them following the instructions in this Cookies Policy (see below).

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies collects information about internet users such as their names, addresses, email details, passwords and user preferences. Cookies are sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognises a user’s device. While cookies and the information they transmit may not identify an individual on their own, they may be able to do so in combination with other information held by the website operator or on-line provider.

Cookies Overview

We use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to leave a comment on our blog.
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Google Analytics Cookies

Our website uses Google Analytics Cookies, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Information collected by the Google Analytic Cookies about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America in accordance with its privacy practices. To see Google’s privacy policy and how this applies to Google Analytics, please visit this page.
Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by it.


Cookie Details

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie NameTypePurposeExpiry Date
phpsessidSessionThis cookie stores a unique identifier which is used by the web server for identification purposes. A new identifier is created each time you visit our website. The cookie is essential as it enables a consistent journey through our website.Expires when your visit to our website ends.
ASP.NET_SessionIdSessionThis cookie stores a unique identifier which is used by the web server for identification purposes. A new identifier is created each time you visit our website. The cookie is essential as it enables a consistent journey through our website.Expires when your visit to our website ends.
uiSessionThis cookie is essential as it stores your preference about whether to use the standard or mobile version of our catalogue interface.  Expires when your visit to our website ends.
searchSessionThis cookie is essential as it allows you to revisit your recent search history in our Sources Database.Expires when your visit to our website ends.
languageSessionThis cookie is essential as it stores your language preference for our Sources Database and catalogue. Expires when your visit to our website ends.
comment_author_*;
comment_author_email*;
comment_author_url*
SessionThese cookies are essential for our website as it stores the  name, email and url you enter when leaving a comment on our blog so that we can confirm that your comment has been submitted and is awaiting moderation. Expires 3 minutes after the comment is submitted.
_utmaGoogle AnalyticsThese cookies are used to help us analyse how users use our website. Google uses your information for the purposes of evaluating your use of our website (including your IP address), compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.Expires 2 years from set-up/update.
_utmbGoogle Analytics(see above)Expires the same day.
_utmcGoogle Analytics(see above)Expires when your visit to our website ends.
_utmzGoogle Analytics(see above)Expires 7 months from set-up/update.


How to disable/delete cookies through the browser?

You can block or delete cookies by activating the setting on your browser. To do this follow the instructions provided by your browser – usually this will be located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility.  However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

Staircase leading to the main reading room.
Staircase leading to the main reading room.
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