Lean Library Access

Tips and tricks for using the Lean Library Access browser extension.

Error Messages and Solutions

The Lean Library Access browser extension provides access to licensed content while you are outside of the campus network in a variety of ways.

Licensed Content provided by Johns Hopkins University

Once installed and depending on the settings you select, when you land on content licensed by Johns Hopkins Libraries, the extension will either prompt you to click a button to be redirected and authenticate through the proxy or automatically redirect you.

Unlicensed Content

For content that the Johns Hopkins Libraries do not license, the extension will also automatically check our electronic holdings and open access database for access through alternative platforms.

Interlibrary Loan

If access is not provided and free or licensed alternatives cannot be found, the browser extension can help guide you through the Interlibrary Loan process to request an article and have it delivered electronically.

Search Engine Integration

When searching Google Scholar or PubMed,  an additional feature of the extension is the ability to subscribe by email to journal updates as new issues are published.



To edit the extension settings, first click on the extension icon in your browser toolbar and then the gear icon in the popup.

In the settings you can select Johns Hopkins University from the list of libraries, skip the popup from the extension and automatically be redirected through our proxy (for licensed databases and sites), and choose whether to show a countdown timer to display when the popup will automatically close.