Online access via Library Access

The Library Access browser extension, developed by Lean Library, offers access to a large number of digital scientific sources, no matter where you are. This means you will have more time to spend on your research, thesis or teaching activities instead of trying to get access to sources.

Download Library Access

How does it work?

Have a look at the video to find out how Library Access works

The Library Access browser extension makes it easier for you to get access to digital sources. After you have downloaded the browser extension, you will see an icon in the bookmarks bar. Every time you visit a website with publications licensed by Utrecht University Library, you are asked to log in. Next you will have direct access.

The Library Access browser extension can be compared to a traffic light; is the icon green, you will have access. A grey icon means no access. A yellow icon? Then the extension has a message for you.

 If you come across a publication which may not be available, Library Access will try to find an open access version for you.

Which browsers?

The Library Access browser extension works on laptops and PCs and is available for Chrome, Firefox*, Edge, Safari and Opera and also for Internet Explorer.

The extension does not work on tablets and smartphones.

How about my privacy?

The use of Library Access is completely anonymous. The extension collects no personal data, unless you share it yourself. The extension does not keep the IP address or any other computer data.

Read the privacy statement of Library Access.

No Library Access (yet)

If you cannot or do not want to use Library Access yet, log in to the overview of search engines. By using this overview you will have access to licensed material via the Utrecht University Library as well as to open access material.


Log in to overview of search engines


Please contact the library if you have any questions about library access.