One-click access with LibKey Nomad

Add the LibKey Nomad browser extension to intelligently connect to Library content from open web searching.

How does LibKey Nomad work?

  • Checking Amazon for a book? LibKey Nomad will automatically highlight for you whether ENU Library has the ebook. 
  • Searching for articles using Google? LibKey Nomad will give you one-click access to ebooks, full-text articles from library-subscribed journals, and open access journals.

You can access ebooks and articles directly from search results or free databases like PubMed, without needing to go through LibrarySearch or sign into journal websites.

We still recommend LibrarySearch as the best place to start to access Edinburgh Napier University Library resources, but adding this browser extension can help save you time wherever you are on the web. 

How does LibKey Nomad work?
Sites like Google, PubMed, ResearchGate and Wikipedia are convenient places to start your research and look for scholarly and scientific articles. But often times, the search results lead to webpages where the articles are locked behind paywalls, preventing access to information important to your research. The new LibKey Nomad browser extension unlocks this paywalled content, seamlessly connecting you to millions of articles made available to you through your library, whether you are on-site or working remotely.

While viewing publisher pages, Research Gate and others, when access to an article you are viewing is available, the LibKey Nomad button appears in the lower left. Simply click on this button and LibKey Nomad will link you directly to the article. When visiting sites like PubMed, Wikipedia, Scopus and others, LibKey Nomad adds extra in-line enhancements to the webpage meaning the linking is also available directly from the search results. It also includes cover images to help you quickly identify an article from a favourite source and links to show you an article in its originally published context, potentially leading you to other relevant articles.

In the case where an electronic version of the article is not available, LibKey Nomad will direct you to the options your library provides in delivering you a copy. LibKey Nomad is easy to install and available for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and other popular browsers. Simply navigate to and click on the appropriate browser icon to get started.
Once installed, select your organization and you are ready to go. No user account is needed.

Designed to protect your privacy, LibKey Nomad does not store your credentials and it is active only on selected, scholarly websites. LibKey Nomad connects you to the wealth of journal content made available from your library, no matter where you start your research journey.

How to install LibKey Nomad

  1. Go to the LibKey Nomad download page.
  2. Choose your browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Brave and Vivaldi).
  3. Once installed, Select Organization > Edinburgh Napier University to link to our resources.

Image of choosing Edinburgh Napier University on LibKey Nomad screen


Using LibKey Nomad

The LibKey Nomad button will now appear at the side of your browser when you find an ebook or journal article.
If the ebook or article is accessible through our library subscriptions or open access, you can instantly click through or download a PDF.
Image of LibKey Nomad buttons for Download PDF, Article Link and View E-book 

If the item you searched for is not available the Access Options button may appear and direct you to further options for obtaining a copy.

Image of button with text Access Options Edinburgh Napier University

Clicking on the Access Options button will take you to  Library Search where you can request the article through Inter-Library Loan. The Resource Sharing link will show when you are logged in to Library Search.

Click on the link to launch a form for you to fill in with your request details. Once we receive the form, we will process your request as quickly as possible. For timelines and FAQS, see Inter-Library Loan.

Image of Resource Sharing button on LibrarySearch



Look up using LibKey

Do you want to check if we have Library access to an item?

If you have a DOI or PMID, you can also go to LibKey directly to check for access across all Edinburgh Napier University Library subscriptions as well as open access journals.

1. Go to Edinburgh Napier LibKey.
2. Enter a DOI or PubMed ID to check for access across all Edinburgh Napier University Library collections.