The Edmonton Public Library uses cookies so we can recognize website visitors, keep track of their preferences and improve their experience on our website. Anyone has the option to disable cookies.

You should be aware that the information collected about you may be separated from any personally identifiable information and compiled with information collected about other users and visitors. This information cannot be used to reasonably identify you. It does help EPL to administer our services, analyze usage of our site, provide security for our customers and identify new users. Cookies are also used to improve your experience on our site.

What are Cookies

A cookie is a small data file sent from your web browser to a web server and stored on your electronic device's hard drive. Some cookies are temporary and end when you finish your session on your browser. Others are more permanent and are stored for a longer time. They are generated by websites to enable customization of a user's visit to the website. Many websites use cookies to track online traffic.

What Cookies Do

Cookies collect information about your activity, browser and device to help provide library services. Cookies can also save your preference for our website so you don't have to re-enter the information each time you visit and use our services.

They are used to remind us of who you are and help you navigate our website. These cookies are downloaded to your browser. Upon a repeat visit, they are checked to see if you have been to our website before and if you have any preferences saved.

Different types of cookies

There are different types of Cookies. Most Cookies can be broken down into two main categories:

  • Session Cookie: this type of cookie is erased when the user closes the browser
  • Persistent Cookie: this type of cookie remains on the user's computer or device for a predefined period of time.

A user can set their browser preferences to reject or enable cookies. How this is done differs from browser to browser. To find out how to reject or enable cookies on your browser, refer to the browser’s support information.

EPL and Cookies

The Edmonton Public Library uses cookies to store a variety of preferences and session information. None of the data collected contains any personally identifiable information, and all cookies on this website have an expiry date. Most end with your current session.

EPL requires cookies because each customer must have a unique session ID for each visit to the website. There is no harm in anyone deleting all their cookies at any time.  Every time you visit our website, new cookies will be created.

You can set your browser to reject cookies from being downloaded to begin with, but you will lose the ability to use parts of our website. For more information, please refer to the section on How to Clear or Reject Cookies.

Third-party Cookies

Third-party cookies are stored by a different domain than the visited page's domain. This can happen when the webpage references a file, such as JavaScript, located outside its domain. During your visit to the Edmonton Public Library’s website you may notice some cookies that are not related to EPL. When you visit a page with content embedded from other websites, there will be cookies from these other websites. EPL does not control the dissemination of these cookies.

EPL partners with third-party websites in order to deliver our online services. These websites are used to download eBooks, complete surveys, provide access to subscriptions (such as research articles) and grant access to social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter). EPL does not control these cookies. You should refer to third-party privacy statements and terms of reference for more information.

When you use one of our online resources, you are leaving EPL's website for a third-party services’. They are governed by their own privacy information and will have their own cookies policies. Please refer to our A-Z Online Resource list to access this information from our vendors.

How to Clear or Reject Cookies

If you prefer, you can remove or reject browser cookies through the settings on your browser. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. It is easy to change your web browser preferences for how to handle cookies.

How to delete cookies on different browsers:

How to reject cookies on different browsers:

Please note: Clearing your browser of cookies will do no harm, but if you decide to reject cookies from EPL, it will cause a loss in functionality of the website, including the ability to log into your personal account.