Here’s a great little app that you can add to Chrome or Firefox browser. It lets you know if a book you’re checking out online is available at your local library.

Start by clicking this link:  https://www.libraryextension.com/

When the Library Extension page opens, you can choose either the Chrome or Firefox option, depending on which browser you’re using.

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You’ll be taken to the extension store for your browser. Just click the Add button install.

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Once it’s installed, you’ll see a book icon at the top of your browser. Click to open.

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Here’s what you’ll see.

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Select your Country, State (or province or region, depending on the country), and then choose your local library from a drop-down list. Then click add.

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For my library, I see both physical and digital catalogs. There’s also an option to add the catalog for the Hoopla app, which I highly recommend if your library participates.

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Then head to a website like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google Books, or Goodreads to browse books.  It also works with the Audible audiobook site. Library Extension currently works with 25 different sites that offer books for sale. When you look at a book on any of these sites, Library Extension will show you if your library has copies available. You’ll see results for physical, audio, and eBooks.

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If you’re set up to reserve or borrow books online, you can just click the Borrow button. You’ll be taken straight to the page to request the book from your library. What a great time-saver!

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