How we use Cookies

We want to make services we deliver on the internet easy, and our content richer and relevant. This sometimes involves placing cookies on your computer or mobile device.

Cookies are simple pieces of data stored on your hard drive. They are safe as they cannot be used to spread viruses. Cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally as no personal information such as telephone numbers or email addresses is in these cookies.


Essential Cookies

‘Essential’ cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas including your account, media baskets, including reservations and wish list features.

These cookies don't gather any information about you and only last the length of your current session.


We use these cookies to:

  • · Identify you as being logged in to your Arena (Your Library) system.
  • · Manage your media baskets.
  • · Keep your selected languages between pages.


Arena essential cookies are:

  • · COOKIE_SUPPORT – does your browser support cookies
  • · GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID – your chosen language to display the site
  • · JSESSIONID – you session ID


3rd Party cookies

Within Arena we use a third party to link to social media sites such as 'Like' buttons and 'Share' buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website.

All of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may use the third parties' own tools to prevent these cookies.

Here is a list of the cookies we have defined as '3rd Party cookies', the Cookies in Arena that fall into this category are:





Usage and analytics cookies


This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.

expires after 2 years and is used to distinguish users.


This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.

expires after 24 hours and is used to distinguish users.


This cookies is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.

expires after 1 minute and is used to throttle request rate.


We use Google Analytics to collect statistical data about our visitors. We collect this information in a way that does not identify you and the data is not shared with anybody else.


Information on how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites and Google's use of cookies can be found on Google Analytics Opt-out and Google privacy pages.


Embedded content and social media cookies

The website may contain social media third-party cookies.

Cookies placed on your computer or mobile device from a third party are not related to The Council does not control how a third party uses their cookies. Please check third party websites' privacy policies.

Our site has a number of pages with embedded videos or other content that utilise cookies from a third party to enable this.  

You can delete cookies from your device and change cookies setting in your browser: How to delete cookies.



We recommend you allow the cookies set by this website as they help us provide a better service. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that there may be functionality that does not work.