Cookie Policy

Updated 25 June 2020


We use cookies and similar technologies on for identification and analysis and advertising purposes. By using our site you consent to the storing and accessing of cookies on your device.

This cookie policy is intended to inform you how we use Cookies to assist you in making informed decisions when using the site. Please take a moment to read and understand this cookie Policy. This cookie Policy should also be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

Cookies are very small text documents or pieces of software code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your PC or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through Cookies include the date and time of visits and how you are using the website or mobile application. Cookies are used by us and our third party partners as part of our Sites. Details of the Cookies used on our Sites and any applicable third party partner are set out in the table below.

For more details on Cookies please visit All About Cookies.

How to change your Cookies settings

You are provided with options to select which Cookies to accept by clicking the 'Cookie Settings' link in the pop-up message that appears when you first visit our site. You can revisit these options by clicking on the 'Manage Cookies' link at the bottom of this page.

For more information on Cookie management and blocking Cookies for a wide variety of browsers, please visit All About Cookies.

What happens when you choose to block Cookies that you have previously accecpted?

If you choose to block Cookies, some aspects of our sites may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of Sites.

What Cookies do we use?

The table below sets out more information about the individual Cookies used on our site and the purposes for which they are used:

Cookie Name Purpose Type Storage Period
Foyles PHPSESSID ws_lp These cookie lets the website remember what you've added to your basket and which page you visited last. It also helps us know if you're signed in, or not. Core site functionality PHPSESSID expires when the browser is closed ws_lp expires 1 month after activation/update
Google Analytics _ga _gid _gat These cookies help us understand how our site is used and pick up on any problems with how it works. Google Analytics uses these cookies to discover when you first visited the site, how often you came back and how long you spend shopping. The information stored by these cookies can be seen only by the relevant teams at Waterstones and Google and never shows any confidential information. For more information about Google Analytics Cookies please see: Analytics _ga expires 2 years after activation/update _gid and _gat expire 24 hours after activation/update
Google reCAPTCHA PREF NID HSID APISID SID We use Google reCAPTCHA on our login forms and within our checkout to help prevent spam and abuse. The cookies set by this service are essential site cookies. For more information about Google's Privacy Policies please visit: Site functionality PREF: expires after 2 years NID, HSID, APISID and SID: expires after 6 months
New Relic JESSIONID New Relic helps us understand the performance of our website using aggregated, anonymised data. For further information please see New Relic's cookie policy here: Analytics Expires when the browser is closed
Eventbrite AMP_TOKEN AS G SERVERID SP SS _ga _gid csrftoken eblang lux_uid mgref Eventbrite sell tickets to some of the events hosted by our shops. Their cookies are used to enable to functioning of the ticket purchasing process from the event listing page without having to leave our site. For further information please see Eventbrite's cookie policy here: Site functionality/ analytics All expire when leaving the event listing page