New tool: access publications anywhere with the Library Access browser extension

New tool: access publications anywhere with the Library Access browser extension

26 Nov 2018

The Library Access browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by Maastricht University Library. Add the extension to your browser and you will experience the internet as if you were on campus, wherever you are.

Recognise this?

You are at home and search for scholarly information in any number of different places online (Google, Google Scholar, Bing, PubMed, ResearchGate…). Finally, when you want to access the full text you meet a paywall – even when Maastricht University Library can give you access to the PDF – or get frustrated with the steps you have to take to open the article and actually read it.

No more! Install our browser extension and say goodbye to looking for login buttons on publisher websites or switching to the library website to search again. 


How does it work?

After downloading, the extension will notify you when you’re on a website that Maastricht 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.

Library Access benefits

  • Access content directly via (databases on) publishers’ websites
  • Google Scholar and PubMed will show UM full text buttons
  • When the library has no subscription we will check for open access versions
  • Assistance messages on specific subjects when visiting selected websites


Getting started with the Library Access browser extension

The browser extension can be installed by following the simple steps below:

  1. Go to the Library Access download page
  2. Install the extension for your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera)
  3. Select Maastricht University as the institution
  4. Search for articles and journals on the web
  5. If you’re not already signed into Maastricht University, sign in with your UM username and password
  6. Enjoy quick and simple access to all licensed and open access resources!


Your feedback

We currently have a test license for the Library Access browser extension. Your experience with this tool is very welcome for evaluation matters!

For your valued feedback, please follow this link to our feedback form. 


More information about the Library Access browser extension

Find out more about the Library Access browser extension on our service page for this tool.



  • Ron Aardening, Scholarly communications and publishing officer
  • Ivo Zelis, Library Access browser extension specialist


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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