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Library Apps & Extensions: Browser Extension

Lean Library Access 101

Getting Started

Step 1: Download and install the extension:

Step 2: Select University of Manitoba

Step 3: Start searching! When off-campus, Lean Library will let you know when you are on a website that the library has access to.

Step 4: Login with your UMNet-ID

Lean Library Access: Now with Smart Citations!

The Lean Library browser extension now displays article-level smart citations through a partnership with scite! Smart citations quickly and easily show how a research paper has been cited by providing its context. A popup will appear within Google Scholar, publisher websites, and other academic resources that help you discover and understand research by describing whether it supports or contrasts evidence for the cited claim, including retraction information. 

There is nothing for you to do: this integration is already a part of your Lean Library browser extension!


Lean Library Access: Easy Access to Licensed Content

Working on your thesis or paper at home? Looking for scholarly material for your presentation? Download the free Lean Library browser extension and access study material anytime, anywhere.

How does it work?

The Lean Library browser extension simplifies the connection to available digital study materials, wherever and whenever you decide to study. You’ll have access whether you’re studying abroad, in a neighbourhood coffee shop, or at home. Using Lean Library means you spend less time searching for research material and more time studying. With a few simple steps you’ll have access.

After downloading, the extension will notify you when you’re on a website that your library has a subscription for. Then, it’s just a single click to open the site through the library’s systems and get access to all licensed material on that site.

The browser extension shows an icon in the bookmarks bar. It works almost like a traffic light. If the icon is green, then you have access. A grey icon means that access is denied. If the material you’d like to use doesn’t seem accessible, Lean Library will automatically check for open access versions of the article. 

Download the Lean Library browser extension

Want to take advantage of this free library service? Download it here. The Lean Library browser extension is available for the most frequently used browsers.

Install the extension, select your institution and you are ready to go.

What about my privacy?

By using the Lean Library extension you will remain completely anonymous. The Lean Library browser extension doesn’t collect any personal information unless you actively share it. And it doesn’t collect your IP address or your device’s unique device IDs. Read more about Lean Library's Privacy Policy.

Table of Contents Journal Alerts with Lean Library Access

What is ToC Alert?

The Table of Contents (ToC) alert feature enables you to subscribe and receive an alert for a chosen journal when the latest articles are released. When a new article is published, you will receive a notification via email to connect you to the abstract or full-text (depending on availability and library subscriptions). 

How do I subscribe?
1. Ensure that you have installed the Lean Library browser extension!
2. Go to Google Scholar ( and search either by keyword or publication title. Tip: to search for journals by title, click on the three-bars icon at the top-left of the page to bring up a menu that links to Advanced Search
3. Click on the blue "Subscribe to ToC alert" box on the right-hand side of a displayed citation published in a journal for which you want to receive a ToC notification.
4. Enter your email address and follow the registration process to successfully subscribe to the ToC alert for the chosen journal.