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LEAN Library Plug-in

This extension:
- enables off-campus users to access UT Library content
- informs users (on and off-campus) about alternative access
- links to Open Access alternatives

Brief introduction (video)

Off campus? On Library Access!

Access to research anytime, anywhere  
Working on your thesis or paper at home? Looking for scholarly material for your presentation? Download the free LEAN Library Plug-in and access study material anytime, anywhere.

How does it work?

The LEAN Library Plug-in simplifies the connection to available digital articles and books. With a few simple steps you'll have access.

After downloading, the plug-in 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 plug-in shows a  in the bookmarks bar. Green meens “access”, grey stands for “access 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.

When searching for ebooks, the LEAN Library Plug-in searches for the ISBN and informs about possible access, based on University of Twente subscriptions.

Download and start using

Want to benefit this free library service? Download it here. The LEAN Library Plug-in is available is available for the most frequently used browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari and the latest version of Edge).
Install the extension, select your institution and you are ready to go.


Select any text in your web browser and right-click:
this creates a search in our Library Discovery System (FindUT) or Google Scholar.


What about my privacy?

By using the LEAN Library Plug-in you will remain completely anonymous. The LEAN Library Plug-in 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 know more? You can find the privacy statement of the plug-in here

  For a basic tool, click here.