Publication Date

January 2018

Publication Title

Serials Review


An array of browser extensions have been developed to help researchers locate full-text content, whether that full text is available in an institutional repository, on a publishers site, or in an open access journal. Examples of such browser extensions include Unpaywall, Kopernio, EZproxy tools, and Lean Library. This Balance Point column focuses on the growth of browser extensions, the need they are filling, and their adoption by libraries. Particular attention is paid to the Lean Library browser extension and the services offered by Lean Library. Drawing on the literature and interviews with librarians in the field, the advantages and disadvantages of browser extensions are addressed, as well as security concerns.


This version of "Leaning Into Browser Extensions" is a self-archived post-print of the accepted version or final draft of the article, as permitted by the Taylor and Francis author agreement.