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Library Apps Spotlight: LibKey Nomad

Simplify the library research process

What is LibKey Nomad?

LibKey Nomad is an extension for web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. It will help you find library full-text articles quickly and easily.

  • After you install and configure LibKey Nomad, it will automatically scan for PDFs and open the relevant article
  • LibKey Nomad works with most library databases and online journals
  • Look for the LibKey Nomad button on publisher websites as well as PubMed, Scopus, and Wikipedia

Learn more about LibKey Nomad by watching the brief YouTube video from Third Iron

How do I Install LibKey Nomad?

To install:

  • Go to:
  • It will prompt you to select a compatible internet browser
  • The page will jump to your extensions page, select to add to your browser
  • Click the Add Extension button

LibKey Nomad requires your permission to change data on sites you visit.

LibKey does not collect any personal information. You can view their privacy policy here.

Once LibKey Nomad is installed, you will be prompted to select an institution. To get a shortlist, you can quickly type "The Community Solution Education System" in the box. Click The Community Solution Education System to complete the process:

LibKey Nomad in Action

LibKey Nomad scans the pages you visit for publisher URLs. When you land on a page with an article that is available to download, you get a banner alert at the bottom of your screen. Click to download the PDF.



  • An alternate icon, Access Options, may appear for publications that do not support a PDF


  • Select this option, LibKey Nomad will then show you the options you do have for accessing that material


  • If there is no full text available, LibKey Nomad guides you to other options for finding full text Interlibrary Loan