Privacy Policy

A description of how we collect and use information regarding visits to the library website.

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority is the complaints board in the event of errors in the processing of personal data. Please contact us at if you have questions.

Cookies uses, like most other websites, tracking codes and cookies like most other websites. Cookies are small data files that are left on your computer so that our web pages can function as best as possible. First-party cookies are required so that the web page can work. Third-party cookies are used for analysis, marketing and personalisation (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).

You can read at about how to set your browser to accept/reject cookies, and get tips on safer use of the Internet.

Here is an overview of the cookies used on

Cookie name Description Validity


When you attempt to reach our website through your browser, you will first come to a load balancer (Barracuda Load balancer) which places a cookie on your outgoing response. This cookie is sent every time you navigate on our website. The load balancer then removes the cookie and redirects you to the correct web server (see also CorePublishSession).

1 hour - used by load balancing for sticky session


This cookie is used in order for our publishing solution (CorePublish) to work and provide you with content on the website. The value in the cookie is just a randomly generated set of letters and numbers and contains no information.

(Example of a value: admjn35ef979tatltnglptm511) 

Forever, but deleted from the server after 4 hours of inactivity


Used by our publishing solution CorePublish and contains information on the device and browser you are using, so that our web pages can present content to the right type of device (PC, mobile, tablet, etc.).

1 week


Used by Google Analytics to distinguish different users from each other.

2 years


University Account ID in Google Analytics. Used to link Google Analytics with other Google services such as Google Tagmanager and Google Adwords.

90 days


Used by the tool Siteimprove for obtaining analysis data when visiting the web pages.

33 months

How to avoid Cookies

If you want to avoid using cookies, you can set your browser not to accept them. See the browser’s help pages for settings. Please note that if you choose to exclude cookies, you may have trouble getting content on the website. This is especially true of cookies that come from our publishing solution CorePublish, which are described in the table above.

Analysis – Visits and search on the website

As part of our effort to create the best possible website, we use several analytical tools (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). Search on our web pages and page visits are logged by:

We use Google Analytics to gather visitor statistics on our web pages.
We do not store personally sensitive data here and have, for example, anonymised IP addresses. The data is stored for 50 months.


We have sharing icons for sharing links to Facebook and Twitter. Information on tips is not logged with us and is used only when posting the tips with the online community. However, we can not guarantee that online communities do not log information about your use.

Pages with registration form

When you sign up for courses and events, we may ask for details such as name, organisation, address, email, invoice references and the like (Article 6(1)(c) of the General Data Protection Regulation). This information is not shared with others and is deleted when the data is no longer needed.

Online chat

The library uses Libraryh3lp to chat with users.

When using chat, information about the IP address is automatically stored and the conversations are logged. Other personal information is provided on a voluntary basis, and you can use the service anonymously. You can read the full privacy policy here.

Oria: the library catalogue

Privacy policy by Unit-BIBSYS.

External e-resources

The Library subscribes to e-resources/databases from many different suppliers. Privacy policies published at the different external sites applies when using these e-resources.

When using the external e-resources from outside the USN networks, remote access is given based on Feide login to USN EZproxy. As always, consent is required first-time using a Feide service, Your USN affiliation is then stored in a browser cookie. Subsequent logins are done in the background with single sign-on if you have an active Feide login session in another service, e.g. USN Oria. The EZproxy servers are run at USN, and logs containing IP addresses are stored. The logs are deleted when no longer needed for diagnostic and statistical purposes.

Embedding content from other websites

On some pages, we build content we've published on other platforms. For instance, it could be movies from YouTube, content from Facebook or Instagram.