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Online Study Tool Kit

Lean Library - an eResource Access Tool

Lean Library advertising infographic "take the library with you" showing a person studyingThe Lean Library browser extension makes it easier to access journals, eBooks and databases, particularly when you are studying off-campus. It is a browser extension that automatically detects when content is available to you via your Roehampton login.

If you visit an e-resource which the Library doesn’t have full-text access to, the extension will try and suggest an alternative route, including Open Access content.

Lean Library integrates seamlessly with Google searches and Google Scholar, inserting relevant Library resources into your search results. Click on the "Google Integration" tab above to find out more.

Example search on Google Scholar showing additional Library search resultsOnce Lean Library is installed on your browser, all Library content from UR Library Search will appear in your Google and Google Scholar searches.

The benefit of having Lean Library in your browser means that you are less likely to miss a useful resource as it puts the Library right into your research workflow no matter where you start your search.

Lean Library also reduces the chance that you hit an annoying paywall for access to an article that the Library also subscribes to.

As shown in the image, results from the Library will display in a panel to the side of your main search results. 

The browser extension works with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari and iOS (mobile).

To install the extension, click on the button below and follow the steps.

After installing the extension, select ‘University of Roehampton’ and the extension will then pop-up and notify you when you are on a website that it can help with.

Image link to Lean Library download page


When installed on your browser, the Lean Library extension works by analysing the website URLs you visit. The Library Access browser extension doesn’t collect any personal information unless you actively share it, nor does it collect your IP address or your device's IDs.

If you want to know more about your data and privacy see the Lean Library Privacy Policy.

Lean Library graphic shows databases which integrate with Lean Library, such as Google Scholar