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Library Plugins

Lean library allows quicker and easier access to library resource, helping you access the content you need.

Your Library, Your Way - Optimising Your Research Journey

How do you access your ebooks & articles? Do you come to the library website and browse? Do you look at your reading lists on Moodle and go from there? Do you Google the topic until you hit a resource that looks right? However you do it the Lean Library browser extension is there to help you.

Lean Library Logo

What is Lean Library?

Lean Library is a plugin for browsers that makes it easier for you to find available digital study materials, wherever and whenever you decide to study.  Using Lean Library means you spend less time searching for research material and more time studying.

After downloading, the extension will notify you when you’re on a website that your library has a subscription for. Then, it’s just a single click to open the site through the library’s systems and get access to all licensed material on that site.

The browser extension shows an icon Lean Library browser toolbar iconin the bookmarks bar. It works almost like a traffic light:

  • If the icon is green, then you have access.
  • A grey icon means that access isn't available, however;
  • Lean Library will automatically check for open access versions of the article or point you to our inter-library loans service.

The Lean Library pop-up from the browser icon look like this:

Lean Library Pop-up

How do I get access to Lean Library?

Want to take advantage of this free library service? All you have to do is download the plugin for your browser and associate it with the University of Essex Library Services.

You can download and find out more about Lean Library from the download page.

Once you've downloaded it, you can also set up your personal preferences so it works exactly how you want it to.

lean library advanced options list

Lean Library for iOS

If you use an Apple device, you will be able to download an app version of the plugin from the App Store. Just search for Lean Library and select Academic Browser.

Academic Browser App


Table of Content Alerts

You can now sign up for Table of Contents alerts on Journals when a new article is released.

When looking at articles and journals via Google Scholar, you will have to option to Subscribe for Table of Contents alerts.

Subscribe to table of contents button

This will sign you up to email alerts when new articles are released, and you can unsubscribe from these emails as well.

Access Research: Anytime, Anywhere

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