LibX -- the Library in your Browser

Click here to install LibX Brown Edition Version for Firefox

Click here to install LibX Brown Edition Version for Internet Explorer


A Beta version of LibX is now available for Google Chrome. The Google Chrome edition includes only the toolbar functionality at this time.

  • For Chrome, Download LibX at http://libx.org/releases/gc/libx2-20100716.crx. There will be a standard security warning.
  • Click the button labeled "LibX 2.0" which appears to the right of the address bar
  • In the box labeled "Select a LibX editon" enter "Brown University." Click on "Load this edition."
  • "LibX 2.0" will be replaced by a small Brown shield icon on your address bar.
  • Click "Josiah" or other search option to see a drop-down of all available searches.

LibX Brown Edition is a browser extension that provides direct access to the Library's resources from any page on the web. LibX was developed originally for Firefox. Versions for Internet Explorer and Google Chrome are now available. For help installing LibX see below or contact libweb@brown.edu

Toolbar. Search JOSIAH, eJournals, Google Scholar, Open WorldCat, and Ocean State Libraries directly from the LibX toolbar. On the far left click the down arrow under "LibX Brown" for shortcuts to the Library home page, Josiah, your Josiah account, easyBorrow, Databases A-Z, eJournals A-Z, and InfoGate.

Context Menu: Using the right-click context menu, highlight text on a web page to search JOSIAH, Google Scholar, or find it!@brown.

EZProxy Support: Using the right-click context menu, you may reload a page through the proxy, or follow a link via the proxy, making it appear as though you are coming from an on-campus computer.

Magic Button: LibX uses Google Scholar to search for articles and directs you to the electronic copy subscribed to by the Library. Highlight a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF. (See SCREENSHOT) TIP: Be sure you set "Brown University" as your Library Link in Google Scholar preferences.

Brown Logo Cues: LibX places a small Brown logo as a cue in web pages you visit if the library has resources related to that page. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble will contain cues that link to the book's entry in Josiah. Cues are displayed at Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, alibris, and other pages. See SCREENSHOT.

Support for xISBN: A book title can have different ISBNs for the paperback, the hardcover, and for different editions. LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service: you can find a book, given an ISBN, even if the library holds this book under a different ISBN. Highlight an ISBN on a page to use this functionality.

Autolinking: LibX automatically turns ISBNs, ISSNs, DOIs, and other identifiers into links to Josiah or "find it! @ brown". To turn autolinking off, uncheck "Autolink Pages" in the drop-down menu to the left of the toolbar.

Support for COinS: LibX supports COinS, which can turn certain hidden SPAN tags inserted by authors or publishers into actionable OpenURL (find it! @ brown) links. For example, a search in Current Law Journal Content will show "find it!@ brown" links in journal tables of contents. More information on COinS.

Hide it: If you like the toolbar, but think it takes up too much space, you can hide it. You can still use the Magic Button and the Right-Click Menu for searching and easily bring the toolbar back when you need to enter a search term. You can toggle the toolbar on and off by pressing F9 on Firefox (if it is not in use by another program) or you can check or uncheck it in >>View >>Toolbars or >>Tools >>Toolbars.

Installation - Firefox: Click here to install LibX Firefox Brown Edition. If Firefox displays a message "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site... from installing software on your computer.", press the button labelled "Edit Options..." and click "Allow" to add "www.brown.edu" to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click "Ok" and click on the "Install LibX " link again. You will need to relaunch Firefox to see the LibX extension.

Installation - Internet Explorer: Click here to install LibX IE Brown Edition. Save the file. Close all Internet Explorer windows and run the file. A wizard will walk you through the installation process. Check the box to re-start Internet Explorer before you click "finish". LibX IE requires that .Net 2.0 or later is installed. You may need to check your Windows Update.

This extension works with Firefox and Internet Explorer only. It does not work with other browsers such as Safari.

Copyright: LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.

Privacy: By using this extension you may send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to your library's catalog server. Such information is sent only if you are actively using the extension; it is never sent automatically. If you wish to avoid this you must turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your preferences.

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.


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