Why Buy if You Can Borrow from Your Library?

(See my other Reading related posts) – I saw an article that described the Library Extension a short time ago. I installed it in my Chrome browser and gave it a try today. It seems to work well.

What is the Library Extension? It is a free extension for either the Chrome or Firefox browsers that will tell you when you browse for books on Amazon (or Barnes & Nobles, Goodreads or Audible, among other sites) if your library has the book and if it is currently available.

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How do you use it? Download the extension and install it in your browser (visit the site https://www.libraryextension.com and then click on the appropriate ‘Install’ button).

Screen Shot 2019-07-14 at 6.37.45 PMOnce the extension is installed in your browser you need to configure it. To do that click on the icon of a stack of books in the top right corner of your Chrome browser (A similar icon will appear in the top right corner of your Firefox browser too).

 

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In the window, you will first configure what libraries you have access to. These are organized by country and state. Both fields are pull-down menus. Then select the library from the pull-down menu and click on the ‘Add’ button. Add all of the libraries you have borrowing privileges from.

 

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When you have your libraries selected, click on the ‘Sites’ tab. By default, all the choices will be selected. I went through the list and disable those sites specific to countries other than the US.

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Now you are ready to start using the extension. Just visit a book site (like Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or Google). As you browse looking for books, you will see a pop-up on the right side of the page to indicate that the book you are looking at is available at your library.

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