This is the accessibility statement for Bodleian Libraries websites. Specifically, it covers and its child websites. Other sites which are linked to from these sites are not covered by this statement. Work is continuing to further improve the accessibility and usability of the site.

If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of this site, please contact us.


Top level pages use a consistent navigation system (visually, a navigation bar across the top of the page, and links on the left of internal pages). A breadcrumb trail appears on each page to show the context of the page within the site.


Tables are used mainly for the presentation of tabular data.


Most content images include descriptive ALT attributes.


This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable. The website also uses relative font sizes, that allow text size to be changed in visual browsers.


The W3C website offers further information on website accessibility and using internet brower accessibility options.




This policy explains what types of personal information will be gathered when you visit a Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford website, and how this information will be used. Please note that this policy applies to the Bodleian Libraries’ main web pages (i.e. those in

If you follow a link to any other website, please check their policies before you submit any personal information to those websites.


On some parts of the website, you may be asked to provide some limited personal information in order to enable the provision of certain services (e.g. Ask a Librarian, e-newsletter sign-up etc). The Bodleian Libraries may store this information manually or electronically. By supplying this information you are consenting to the Bodleian Libraries holding and using it for the purposes for which it was provided. Information provided will be kept for as long as is necessary to fulfil that purpose.

We may also collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our web managers. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns which does not identify any individual and allows us to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

Anonymised transcripts of live help chats are retained in order to help us assess and gather feedback on our services. This information is stored on the European servers of our service provider, LibraryH3lp. Their full privacy policy can be found at:


Personal information provided to the Bodleian Libraries by you will only be used for the purposes stated when the information is requested. Personal information will not be sold to third parties, or provided to direct marketing companies or other such organisations without your permission. Personal information collected and/or processed by the University is held in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Demographical and statistical information about user behaviour may be collected and used to analyse the popularity and effectiveness of Bodleian Libraries websites. Any disclosure of this information will be in aggregate form and will not identify individual users.


Information which you provide to us will ordinarily be stored on our secure servers. However, we may occasionally work with third party contractors, some of whom host and operate certain features of the website. Accordingly, information that we collect from you may be collected in or transferred to a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). That information may be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our contractors. By submitting personal information, you agree to this transfer, storing and processing should it be necessary. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share such information in order to comply with any legal obligation or to protect the rights, property or safety of the Bodleian Libraries, its members or others.


Most of our web pages use “cookies”. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website.

For more detailed information on the cookies we use on Bodleian Libraries main web pages the purposes for which we use them, please see our Cookie Statement. Please refer to individual web pages for further information about the use of cookies on other web pages on the domain.


The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to access information held about you. For further information about this right and how to exercise it, please see the University of Oxford’s Policy on Data Protection.


Any changes we may make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.