The University of London recognises the importance of privacy to users of the Online Library; consequently we handle personal information you send us very carefully. This Privacy Policy explains what information is collected when you access the Online Library and how the information will be used.

We adhere to the principles of data protection and privacy and endeavour to implement it within the guidance of current UK legislation, in particular the UK Data Protection Act (1998) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (2018). This ensures that all personal information is :

  • Kept securely.
  • Held for no longer than necessary for the purpose for which the data is processed.
  • Used for its stated purpose.
  • Not disclosed to anyone not involved in the administration of this service.

The Online Library follows the University of London Privacy policy, which you can read here.


Cookies are small files used by a web site to store and retrieve information about a user on the user's computer. Some web users choose to block cookies because they can be used to build profiles of users' activity and of personal information. The Online Library uses cookies, but in line with our respect for our users' privacy, the use of cookies is kept to a minimum. For more information on cookies, click here.

Web Forms

The contact forms in this web site require you to supply us with personal details (e.g. name and e-mail address). This includes the Athens registration form and Ask a Librarian Live Chat. The personal data collected will only be used to answer individual enquiries. For example, if you send us an enquiry we need to know where to send the reply. All these forms will contain an explanation about how the information you supply will be used. By submitting the form you give consent for the information to be used for the stated purposes.

Third Party Links and information

The Online Library web site has links to third party web sites and information. While links and information are only added if they are perceived to be of use to our web site users, the University of London Online Library does not accept responsibility for their content. Moreover, the University of London Online Library cannot be held responsible for any information submitted to the third party sites and any subsequent use of the information.