A desktop browser extension that simplifies access to licensed e-resources or leads to open access alternatives.
Lean Library supports your research by providing
No matter the website you are searching in e.g. via Google, Amazon or JSTOR, Lean Library will alert you if you have access to an e-resource through the library. If you happen to find an e-resource that the library doesn't subscribe to, Lean Library will look for other appropriate ways for you to access the content.
Do check out the common scenarios when Lean Library would be useful and the short introductory video below on what Lean Library can do for you.
Some of us start our research via the NIE Library portal. However, most of us turn to Google when we have to search for something, so we naturally try to start our research there. You may find that websites found through search engines like Google will often ask you to pay to access the e-resources such as journal articles.
These journal articles or resources may be available in NIE Library. But, because Google could not recognise that you are a staff or student of NIE, you may not be able to access the resources directly from your Google search results.
With Lean Library you will be prompted to sign in (only once per browser session) or be notified of available access when you reach an e-resource the library has subscribed to, regardless of how you found the web page. If the e-resource you are currently looking at is available on a different website, Lean Library will also direct you there, so you will not miss a useful piece of research.
We will NOT collect any personal information unless you actively share it with us. We will NOT collect your IP address or your device’s unique device IDs. By using the Extension you will remain completely anonymous.