LibX Library Toolbar

The other CSB/SJU library toolbar is great for staying up-to-date (via the library blog) with what is going on in the library as well as searching MnPALS and Academic Search Premier. The LibX toolbar allows for complex searches of MnPALS as well as Google Scholar and Journal Finder. LibX is the tool of choice for heavy researchers while the other library toolbar is perfect for the general library user.

Firefox users (Windows, Mac, Linux): Click here to install LibX.

Internet Explorer users (Windows only. Beta): Click here to install LibX.


Installation Help




Embedded Browser Toolbar

The left-side drop-down menu features links to MnPALS and Journal Finder. The toolbar searches the catalog by default; use the right-side drop-down menu to change resources.

Right-Click Menu

The LibX Toolbar adds new options to your browser's right-click menu. Highlight a title, author, or keywords anywhere on the screen, then use the right-click menu to search MnPALS or Google Scholar. You can change the right-click search functions in the LibX preferences (in the left-side drop-down menu). Click the "Context Menu" tab to make changes.

Search Google Scholar

LibX can search Google Scholar for articles. Select a citation, then drag-and-drop it onto the Scholar button () on the toolbar. You can use this feature even from inside a PDF file, which makes retrieving resources mentioned in a PDF file a snap. If you are off-campus, reload Google Scholar into the campus proxy server by using the right-click menu.

Embedded Links in Amazon, WorldCat, Other Sites

LibX places cues () in web pages you visit if the Library has resources related to that page. Click on the CSB/SJU icon to see if the Library has the resource. For instance, you may see the CSB/SJU icon when searching Amazon or Barnes & Noble. This icon links to MnPALS. Firefox users will see cues displayed in Google, Yahoo! Search, the NY Times Book Review, and other sites. Internet Explorer users will see cues only in Google and Amazon.

Installation Help

Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux): Click here to install LibX.
If Firefox displays this warning: "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site from installing software on your computer," click Edit Options and Allow to add to the list of websites from which extensions may be installed. Then click OK and visit the Install link again.


Having trouble getting the plugin installed? Got the plugin installed but it's not working? First, try closing and restarting your browser. If you're still having problems, contact a librarian.

Want to uninstall the plugin? Follow the directions below:

  • Firefox: In the browser's menu bar, under Tools, select Add-ons. Select the LibX plugin and click Uninstall.
  • Internet Explorer: Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. Select LibX for IE and click Change/Remove.



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


When you use the tools, the LibX extension will send the URL of pages you are currently visiting to the 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 and you are using Firefox, you can turn off the referrer URL by setting network.http.sendRefererHeader to 0 in your preferences.

For more information about LibX, visit the LibX Homepage.