Are you using Library Extension for genealogy research? This blog tends not to bang the drum about free or discount genealogy. But with Library Extension, you can find books for your research, save money, and support your local library at the same time. That’s a win, win, win!
What is a Browser Extension?
A browser extension is a small bit of software extends the search ability of your browser. By increasing your browser’s ability to search the Internet. There are many, many extensions that are available for browsers that improve your search results.
Library Extension for Chrome or Firefox
As seen in the main image above, Library Extension in the Chrome or Firefox browser shows you book and e-book availability at your local library. And it seamlessly lets you click to your local library to reserve a book or check it out.
Using Library Extension for Genealogy
In the example seen below, I searched for a copy of Inheritance, Dani Shapiro’s brilliant non-fiction book about her DNA results. It’s $12.99 for a Kindle edition, $15.18 for hardcover, or using my local library’s cooperative, I can reserve a hardcover, audio book, or eBook, for free, after a wait.
This book is a beautifully written memoir and a must-read, in my opinion.
Adding Library Extension to Your Browser
Library Extension is available for download for Chrome or Firefox at https://www.libraryextension.com. Most circulating libraries are included in Library Extension, but you can also check here for supported libraries.
Using Library Extension for Genealogy shows you hardcover and e-book availability at your local library. Try it before you buy elsewhere.
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Do they do university and college libraries or just local public libraries?
Hi Steve – I think all kinds of libraries, as long as they agree to participate. You can find libraries in their system here:
If the library you need isn’t listed, you can file a request with that library that they participate in Library Extension. I see that my local public library consortium is available, plus archive.org. But I don’t see my local university library. Library Extension may be pulling registration data to show you available libraries? Not sure.
Good info. Also, thanks for the reminder about reading Inheritance, which also reminded me that I wanted to read The Lost Family by Libby Copeland.
It’s an excellent read, Michele.