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How does Kent Libraries use cookies?

We use cookies and data to help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Remember your settings during visits
  • Improve our products
  • Improve the speed/security of the site

Cookies (or browser cookies).

A cookie is a small file or piece of data sent from a website and stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device.

A cookie can either be persistent or just for the current session. When you close your web browser, a session cookie that was stored on your device is removed. A persistent cookie is one that stays on your device after you close your web browser for a set duration.

On your computer, you may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser, and you may have similar capabilities on your mobile device in the preferences for your operating system or browser.

By selecting 'Accept all cookies' on the cookie consent pop-up, you are enabling the use of:
  • Strictly necessary cookies
  • Analytics cookies
By selecting 'Accept required cookies' on the cookie consent pop-up, you are enabling the use of:
  • Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies

Delivering essential features and services requires the use of these cookies. Certain elements of the website would not function without these cookies.

consentSettingsSaves your cookie consent settings.1 year
PQIDA cookie that allows previous searches to be managed when not logged in.Session
SVLIDA cookie that allows saved lists to be managed when not logged in.Session
SPYDUS_BRWSESSIONIDA cookie that enables borrower login and transaction activity such as reservations, bookings and event registration.Session
PBRWSESSIONA cookie that allows previous searches and saved lists to be managed when logged in.Session
SAML_SessionIdA cookie that enables borrower login via single sign on provider.Session
brief_display_gridA session storage value that controls how search results should be display; grid or list.Session
extCheckedA session storage value that records what external sites are selected on the ‘External search’ form.Session
reset_password_form_idA session storage value that manages what fields displayed on 'Forgot your password' page.Session
header_search_indexA session storage value that keeps track of what option is preselected in the quick search dropdown.Session
Analytics Cookies

These cookies assist us in analysing user behaviour on our website, enhancing customer satisfaction, and compiling usage statistics.

We use Google Analytics to collect data about how you use our site. Google is not allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone.

Google Analytics stores anonymised information about:

  • How you got to our site
  • The pages you visit on our site and how long you spend on them
  • Any errors you see while using our site

_gaChecks if you’ve visited site before. This helps us count how many people visit our site.1 year
Functional Cookies

We use functional cookies so you can watch embedded videos on our website.

The Ask Us – Ask a Kent Librarian widget “LibChat” from Springshare requires cookies for successful use of the chat widget. Springshare does not use cookies to serve advertising and does not provide any cookie data to third parties. You can set your browser to not accept Springshare's cookies, but you may be unable to use most Springshare Services in this case.

We embed YouTube videos so that you can watch them on our website. We use YouTube’s Privacy Enhanced Mode which means that YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information when you watch their videos on our web pages.

PREF*Stores information such as a user’s preferred page configuration and playback preferences like autoplay, shuffle content, and player size.After 8 months
YSCUsed by YouTube to remember user input and associate a user’s actions.Session
VISITOR INFO1 LIVEUsed to remember your preferences and is also used to detect and resolve problems with the service.After 8 months

We use Bitly links to moniter traffic to some pages on this website. View the privacy policy.

Kent County Council Cookies

Many of the services linked to from this website are hosted on, the main Kent County Council website. View the cookies policy.