LibX Widget

September 2018

Important note for Firefox users: If you have upgraded to the recent Firefox version LibX extension
will no longer work due to a major change in their add-on framework.

What is LibX?

  • LibX Columbia University Edition is a Firefox and Chrome add-on which provides direct access to Columbia Library catalogs, electronic books, journals and databases.
  • LibX can also be used to quickly search a highlighted text in CLIO and in selected databases and web resources.
  • Use LibX when you find an article on the web that costs money to view. The LibX right-click menu option to “Reload via Columbia Libraries Off-Campus Proxy” lets you find out fast whether Columbia provides access to full text online.
  • LibX also automatically links ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs on web pages to Columbia's print and e-resources.

There are over one thousand academic and public libraries with LibX editions.

Installation Instructions

    To install in Google Chrome go to:

    * Confirm "Add to Chrome"
    * Click on the LibX 2.0 icon in the upper right corner
    * Type "Columbia University Edition" in the search dialog
    * Click on "Load this edition"

LibX Search Options

  • After installation is complete you will see Columbia's crown in the upper right corner of your browser.
  • Click on the logo to open LibX search options.


Right-Click Menu

  • With LibX you can highlight text on a web page and right-click to search it in CLIO, Borrow Direct, WorldCat, Ebrary, Google Scholar and other selected databases and reference sources.
  • To add or remove search options from the menu, click the Columbia logo, select Preferences and open the Context Menu tab.


  • Click the crown and select Preferences to choose which resources to display in your context menu.

Auto Links

  • LibX hyperlinks ISBNs, ISSNs, PubMedIDs and DOIs. Autolinked ISBNs and ISSNs will generate a CLIO search for the book or journal. Autolinked PubMedIDs and DOIs will search e-Link for full text.


Off-Campus Access

  • LibX can save you time and money.
  • When you find an article on the Web that costs money to view use the LibX right-click option to "Reload page via Columbia Libraries Off-Campus Proxy" to find if you have free access through Columbia.

LibX Updates

  • When a LibX update is available, the browser should detect it and prompt you to install the update.
  • To learn more about LibX add-on visit the LibX Project homepage.

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