Sept. 6, 2022

Libraries and Cultural Resources partners with Lean Library

New browser extension connects patrons with University of Calgary’s library’s collections

As part of Libraries and Cultural Resources' (LCR) commitment to supporting UCalgary academic and research activities, we are offering a new service called Lean Library.

Lean Library is a browser extension that highlights available LCR resources for patrons doing online research. The extension is compatible with all web browsers and simplifies users’ access to online library resources (articles, eBooks, and more).

Typically, patrons encounter obstacles around authentication, login procedures, browser or software requirements and license restrictions when they try to access different materials and websites. Lean Library improves the connection between user and resource by detecting material licensed by the Library during web searches. Within 30 seconds, Lean Library notifies the user of library access and provides a link to authenticate and access the resource.

For example, if a patron finds a book on Amazon and the library has an ebook version, Lean Library will connect the patron to the library version so they don’t have to buy the ebook. For patrons using Google Scholar, Lean Library will automatically connect them to the articles they need for research through the library.

UCalgary students, faculty or staff can download the browser extension at any time. We hope that using Lean Library will better connect LCR patrons with our resources.

Throughout the Fall Term, there will be an information campaign to make library patrons aware of Lean Library’s possibilities and benefits. 
Download Lean Library