Technical requirements

What are the technical requirements for the Online Library? 

Click on the tabs below for more information about the technical requirements necessary to view the Online Library subscription resources.

you must have cookies enabled 

If you are having problems viewing websites or articles you may need to set up your browser to enable cookies.

What are cookies?

Every website that you visit runs on a server. When you visit a website, the server generates information that is stored on your web browser and, the next time you visit the same website, your browser will send the cookie to that web server.

Cookies store your preferences like text size and language choice (for example when choosing between Welsh and English when you use the University of Wales website). They also allow you to add items to your shopping basket if you shop online and they are used when authenticating users on password protected sites.

When you are successfully authenticated by the Online Library authentication system, EZProxy, a cookie is sent to your web browser that registers your authorisation to use the Online Library subscription resources.

If cookies are enabled, you will only need to log in once per session to view all the Online Library resources. The session will expire after 50 minutes and you may need to re-login.

How do I enable cookies?

Mozilla Firefox 3.0+

Cookies are enabled by default in Firefox. To check your settings, go to Mozilla’s support site and follow their instructions on how to enable and disable cookies.  

Internet Explorer 7.0+

  • Click on ‘Tools
  • Click on ‘Internet Options’
  • Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab
  • Click on ‘Advanced’
  • Tick the checkbox ‘Override automatic cookie handling”
  • Make sure “First-party Cookies” and “Third-party Cookies” are set to ‘Accept’
  • Click ‘OK’
  • Click ‘Apply’

You may need to re-start your browser.


Please note that a firewall may also block cookies and should be turned off when using the Online Library.