LibX: Gustavus Adolphus College Edition

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

New version of LibX for Firefox is available, September 2013! If you have an earlier version installed, version updates should happen automatically from now on.

Where did LibX go?
With the newest version, the LibX cue LibX cue will appear in the upper right corner of your browser.
Install LibX Gustavus Adolphus College Edition for Firefox
About LibX Gustavus Adolphus College Edition:
Libx is a Firefox extension that provides direct access to the Library's resources. Context Menu

==> Toolbar & right-click context menu: Search the library catalog directly from the LibX toolbar (above) or by using the right-click context menu (right). Just highlight the term you want to search, right click, and choose the search option you need. Use the blue down-arrow in the toolbar to add a search box and construct advanced searches. You can also select text and drag-and-drop it onto the search button to execute a search.

The right-click context menu changes automatically depending on what is selected. For instance, if an ISBN is selected, the context menu will offer the option to search directly using that specific identifier. Currently recognized are CrossRef DOIs, ISBNs, ISSNs, and PubMed IDs.

OpenURL support:
LibX gives direct access to the Gustavus Journal Locator and menu, using the OpenURL standard to point you to the full text of an article or link to you interlibrary loan. OpenURL can also work well in connection with Google Scholar.
Google Scholar Support (The 'Magic Button'):
Select text and search for the selected text on Google Scholar. LibX will read Scholar's results for you, determine whether a cited paper was found and, if so, ask the Journal Locator to link to a subscribed copy, should you not have access to the copy to which Scholar links. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF, which makes retrieving papers referenced in a PDF file a snap.
LibX cue in
<== Support for embedded cues:
LibX places linked cues in web pages you visit if the library has resources related to that page. Whenever you see the cue, click on the link to look at what the library has to offer. For instance, book pages at Amazon or Barnes & Noble contain cues that can check whether the library has the book you are looking to buy. Other pages that contain cues are Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and others. See the screencasts in Demo 3 for examples of this cool feature.

==>See how it works


LibX automatically links ISBNs, ISSNs, DOIs, PubMed IDs, and other identifiers to the catalog or OpenURL resolver. Based on Jesse Ruderman's autolinking script.

==>See how it works: PMID: 16646082

Support for COinS:
LibX supports COinS, which can turn hidden tags inserted by web site authors or publishers into actionable OpenURL links that allow a user to download the full text of an item. More information on COinS.
Support for xISBN:
A book title can have different ISBNs for paperback copies, hardcover copies, and even for different editions. LibX supports OCLC's xISBN service: you can find a book at Gustavus, given an ISBN, even if we hold this book under a different ISBN.

==>See how it works: 006073132X

Firefox Installation:

Install LibX Gustavus Adolphus College Edition for Firefox

If Firefox displays a message "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site ( from installing software on your computer.", press the button labelled "Edit Options..." and click "Allow." Add to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click "OK" and visit the "Install" link again.

If the toolbar is blank after installation (does not contain MnPALS or other links), install the most current version of Firefox, then install LibX again.

This extension works with Firefox versions up to Firefox 8 on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh OS-X.

To uninstall the Firefox version: Go to the menu Tools -> Add-Ons. (In Firefox 1.5 or earlier, this entry was called Tools -> Extensions.) Select the LibX entry in the list. Click "Uninstall" at the bottom left (it looks like an X). Restart firefox.

Note that short of uninstalling, you can also disable LibX in the same dialog. (Requires a restart and makes all of LibX's functionality unavailable.)

If you simply wish to not display the toolbar, you can accomplish this by selecting the menu View -> Toolbars -> LibX. An even quicker way is to right-click on a navigation bar button, such as the refresh button, and to uncheck the box "LibX".

Internet Explorer Installation:

We are no longer providing access to LibX for Internet Explorer (as of December 1, 2011) as it is no longer supported by the LibX development team.

To uninstall the Internet Explorer version: Uninstall in the Control Panel as you would any Windows application.


LibX is distributed under the Mozilla Public License. The copyright is held jointly by Annette Bailey and Virginia Tech.


By using this extension you may send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to your library's catalog server. Such information is sent only if you are actively using the extension; it is never sent automatically.

If you wish to avoid this you must turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your preferences.

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.