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LibX Guide

How the LibX toolbar can enhance your library experience.


On 4/10/19 the Chrome Store removed the LibX extension due to apparent violations of their program policies. The LibX developers are unable to provide a date by which it will be restored. .

Some users have reported problems installing the Firefox version as well.

If you have already installed LibX it will continue to work for the time being, and the information on this guide pertaining to using LibX remains valid.

If your main interest in LibX is to access subscription content (journal articles, ebooks) from off campus you may also be interested in the Libraries' Reload Button.

What is LibX?

LibX is an open-source toolbar that can give you easy access to the UMD catalog and other resources.

Among other things, LibX can help:

  • Locate items in the UMD catalog through the toolbar.
  • Identify items by ISBN, ISSN, DOIs and PubMedIDs.
  • Give you easy access to important library related sites.
  • Search library related sites.
  • Find things by keyword in Google Scholar.
  • Link materials in Amazon and the New York Times to the UMD catalog.
  • Turn ISBN, ISSN, DOI and PMID into links.

There are loads of reasons you should download the UMD LibX add-on. We will expand on these reasons in the different sections.