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Cookies Help



If you get a message that states "Not accepting cookies", "Unable to send cookie" or a "Security Alert" box that asks you if you want to allow a "cookie" to be sent or saved when you are working in an index/database or catalog, you may need to change your browser settings to enable cookies.

What are Cookies?

"Cookies" are small text files that contain information about the choices you make while searching a catalog, index, or database.

Why do I need to enable Cookies?

In many catalogs and indexes/databases, the cookies are needed to enable features such as search history, marked lists, and other services associated with the index.

In order to search the Library's catalog, indexes and databases your Internet browser, e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox, must be configured to enable "cookies" to be sent to your computer.

How to Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer and Firefox:


  • Internet Explorer Version 7 or 8  (Click on "Help," then "About Internet Explorer" to determine the version)
    1. At the top of the screen click on "Tools," then "Internet Options"
    2. Click on the "Privacy" tab, then on "Advanced"
    3. Make sure that "Override Automatic Cookie Handling" is checked
    4. Make sure that "First-Party Cookies" and "Third Party Cookies" are checked for "Accept" or "prompt"
    5. Click on "OK" or "Yes" until you return to the Internet Explorer screen

  • Firefox Version 10  (click on "Help", then "About Mozilla Firefox" to determine the version)
    1. At top of screen click on "Tools," then "Options"
    2. Click on the word "Privacy"
    3. Select "Remember history" or
      Select "Custom setting for history" and
      • Check the box for "Accept cookies from sites"
      • Check the box for "Accept third-party cookies"
    4. Click on "OK"

  • If the instructions for your browser version are not available here, click on "Help" in your browser for information about enabling "cookies."