Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources
Do you want to access library resources directly from publishers’ websites? If so the Library access browser extension is for you.
The Library Access browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by The Open University Library, wherever you are and whenever you need it.
After downloading, the extension will notify you when you’re on a website that The Open University 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. Install the browser extension once and enjoy a simpler, faster way to get access.
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, Library Access will automatically check for open access versions of the article.
The browser extension can be installed by following the simple steps below.
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.
Do you want to know more? The privacy statement for the extension contains the information you need.
If you navigate using the keyboard only (no mouse) there are a couple of ways to quickly access the browser extension pop-up when it appears:
Currently there is no automatic notification for screen reader users that the Library Access browser extension has opened a pop-up to alert users that the resource is available via a Library subscription. We are working with the supplier to resolve this issue. In the meantime, the following work-around may be helpful once you have installed the browser extension:
The Open University Library is trialing an internet browser extension tool to support access to academic articles, journals and databases licensed by the library. A browser extension is a small piece of software that you can add to your internet browser, for example Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. The Library Access browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by The Open University Library, wherever you are and whenever you need it.
We would love to hear feedback about the Library Access browser extension. Please let us know what you think as it will help us when deciding if we should continue with this service after the trial.