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Lean Library

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What is Lean Library?

Lean Library is a browser extension that delivers full-text content to you, regardless of where you are linking from, and without the need to visit the Library Hub website first.

Lean Library will automatically detect when you are on a website that contains content that the Library Hub subscribes to.

Lean Library will also automatically deliver you open access versions (if one is available), when the Library Hub does not provide subscription access.

Lean Library puts the Library right into your research workflow no matter where you start your search (e.g. Google, Google Scholar, JSTOR, academia.edu), reducing the chance that you hit a paywall and get asked to pay for access to an article.

What you will see happening when you download Lean Library

       Clicking on the "Download Lean Library" button will open a page that recognizes which browser you are using. You will see a Library Access page. "Library Access" is the specific name of the extension. A button "Download for Google Chrome" or "Download for Mozilla Firefox" will display depending which browser you are using. Simply click the download button and a pop-up will prompt you to add the extension. Depending on your browser you may see a further prompt that asks your permission to add the extension. Click "Add" to accept the permission request (you can remove or delete the extension at any time by visiting the plug-ins area of your browser) When prompted to select your library, enter University of Divinity. Lean Library works with the Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera browsers. You will see the Lean Library icon greyed out in your browser.

       Once installed, continue to use your browser as normal. When you next visit a site where you have access thanks to University of Divinity Library Hub subscriptions, as you click on an article to download Lean Library will automatically kick-in by passing the URL to the University of Divinity Library Hub’s proxy server for off campus users. The first time this happens you will be prompted to authenticate with your usual username and password, but it is only once in a browser session and you won't have to go hunting for any publisher logins. The Lean Library icon in your browser will flash green (a sign as on traffic-lights that you're good to go). If we don't have subscription access, Lean Library will offer you an open access version as an alternative if one is available.

Privacy Policy

        When installed on your browser, the Lean Library plugin works by analysing the website URLs you visit. If you want to know more about your data and privacy see the Lean Library Privacy Policy.