Lean Library

Lean Library

The Lean Library extension is a free tool which assists your library in delivering their services directly into your research workflow in more ways than one!

What is Lean Library?
Lean Library is a Firefox extension that greatly simplifies the research process for academic papers. This add-on notifies you when library materials are available on a website, redirects you to these resources avoiding paywalls and multiple log-ins, and unlocks access to millions of free-to-read academic papers. It also provides seamless redirection to open access materials even for those unaffiliated with an institution. Additionally, it aims to deliver additional library services through its Futures feature.
Stats
Version: 2024.6.0 (Last updated: 2024-04-13)
Creation date: 2017-02-22
Weekly download count: 205
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
Permissions:
  • storage
  • tabs
  • alarms
  • activeTab
  • webNavigation
  • contextMenus
  • unlimitedStorage
  • webRequest
Host permissions:
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
  • <all_urls>
Size: 4.23M
Stats date:

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Lean Library
Lean Library (v2024.7.0)
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Summary

The Lean Library extension is a free tool which assists your library in delivering their services directly into your research workflow in more ways than one! With the Lean Library extension, you can enjoy:

Lean Library Access Do you use Browzine, EndNote Click, Readcube or PaperPanda? Then Lean Library Access is for you!

Get easy access to your library’s article and ebook e-resources directly into your browser.

The extension will notify when you are on a website that contains material your library can give you access to. A single click will redirect you to this content, no paywalls, no multiple log-ins. The browser extension simplifies searching for relevant sources and facilitates quality study time. A few quick clicks will get you started.

Lean Library Open - Unlock instant & legal access to millions of free academic papers. Did you know that over a third of all academic papers have a free-to-read version available? Our free plug-in unlocks access instantly and legally to millions of these papers, saving you time and effort.

Even if you're not affiliated to an institution, you can still get quick and seamless redirection to open access materials absolutely free.

Simply download the extension and select Lean Library Open as your library.

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User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Firefox Browser Add-ons does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
Pros
  • Helpful for accessing library resources from home
  • Responsive to feedback
  • Saves time for sourcing full texts of articles for systematic reviews
Cons
  • Slows down browser
  • Increases RAM usage
  • Causes delay when typing in text fields
Most mentioned
  • Slows down browser
  • Increases RAM usage
  • Pop-up annoyance
  • Use of resources draining battery life
  • Problems with non-academic websites
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Safety
Risk impact

Lean Library is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Lean Library if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Lean Library is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

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