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.

Using Browser Extension for Genealogy

Adding Library Extension to Your Browser

Library Extension is available for download for Chrome or Firefox at 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.