Lean Library Browser Extension

For quick and easy access to our licensed content, Consortium Luxembourg offers a browser extension. This is an alternative way to access content, while you browse and search the internet as you normally do.

Currently the browser extension is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Go to www.leanlibrary.com/download, install the extension in your browser and select your institution (Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg, University of Luxembourg, LIST.lu or LIH.lu). You are all set!

How does it work?

When you browse and search the internet for articles, journals or databases you may find content available for you through your library. But because you are not logged in with your library card, you have no access. For example, you have to pay for reading an article (see red box below).



In these cases the Lean Library Browser Extension will automatically show you a notification and give you access to the licensed content offered by your library (see the pop-up in the top right corner above). If you are not logged in already, you will be asked to login with your library card (see below).



Once logged in, you have access to the licensed content (as highlighted by the green boxes below).



Turning on automatic redirection

You can choose to skip the popup and have automatic access (“autologin” option). For subscriptions or platforms where only specific content is available, or access is only permitted in the buildings of the National Library or University of Luxembourg,  the popup will always be displayed to inform you about these possible limitations of access.

How to turn on/off the automatic access option:

    • Chrome: Right-click on the extension icon – Options
    • Firefox: Menu → Add-ons → Library Access → Options


Further options

If necessary, you can switch from one library to another by right clicking on the extension icon in the Chrome browser window Select “options “, choose another library and click “Save”.

For Firefox browser, please go to Menu →Add-ons → Library Access →Options


There’s more: Open Access, Google Scholar and PubMed

If your library cannot offer you access to an article, the Lean Library Browser Extension will automatically search for an Open Access version of that article.


Whenever you use Google Scholar or PubMed for searches, the Lean Library Browser Extension will ensure that articles available through your library are displayed directly in Google Scholar and PubMed. That way you do not need to configure PubMed and Google Scholar manually as described in our Guide: Access to our subscriptions directly from Google Scholar and Pubmed.


Typical error messages:

    • “You are in a wrong IP address”

This message means that the content you are trying to access is not licensed by the Consortium. Please send us a message to help@findit.lu with the details of the content you tried to access so we can check for any configuration errors.
The alternative ways you can use to get access to content which we do not offer are Interlibrary Loan or the Acquisition request services.

    • “Disallowed key characters”

Please clear the cache, remove cookies, and try to access again. if you need help, do not hesitate to send an email to help@findit.lu.

Do you have any other questions or suggestions? Please email us: help@findit.lu