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Connect to Library Resources

Library Access 101

Getting Started

Step 1: Download and install the extension:

Step 2: Select University of British Columbia

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

Step 4: Login with your UBC CWL (campus wide login)

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 Library Access browser extension and access study material anytime, anywhere.

How does it work?

The Library Access browser extension simplifies your access to UBC library materials when you are searching online. You’ll have access whether you’re studying abroad, in a coffee shop, or at home. Using Library Access means you spend less time searching for research material and more time studying. 

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 works with most common browsers and is computer based. A mobile version is not currently available. 

The browser extension shows an icon in the bookmarks bar. It works almost like a traffic light and indicates UBC Library access option

  • A green icon means you have access. green square Lean Library icon
  • A yellow icon means you should have access, but will need to take an extra step to get there. yellow square Lean Library icon
  • A grey icon means that UBC Library does not have access. You may want to search for print copies through the Library website, or request an item through InterLibrary Loangray square Lean Library icon

What about my privacy?

By using the Library Access extension you will remain completely anonymous. The Library Access 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.