LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a web browser extension that provides easy access to full text articles that are subscribed to by University of Birmingham Library Services or to a secure, legal Open Access version. Articles can be accessed directly via journal publishers and aggregator platforms such as ProQuest, Web of Science, and also Wikipedia.

Where we don’t hold a copy, alternate options will be presented via FindIt@Bham, such as access to a different online platform not supported by LibKey Nomad, a print copy of the journal or details of how to obtain an interlibrary loan.

Watch this short video for an overview.

How to install LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is supported by chromium-based browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Vivaldi. It is also available on Firefox.

LibKey have a page of links taking you to the app store for your browser. 

Clicking on the browser link will take you directly to the LibKey Nomad page in the browser’s web store. Clicking ‘Add to Chrome’ or ‘Add to Firefox’ will install LibKey Nomad.

When LibKey Nomad has been successfully installed you will be asked to select an organisation. Once you have selected "University of Birmingham", LibKey Nomad is ready to use.

How to use LibKey Nomad 

If you are browsing an article on a publisher’s site, LibKey Nomad will appear in bottom left corner of the browser if the library has access to the article. Clicking on ‘Download PDF’ or ‘Article link’ will take you directly to the article. Accessing the article off campus may direct you to sign in with your University credentials.

A box will appear to tell you that LibKey Nomad is locating the article and you will be taken to the article.


LibKey Nomad will also highlight articles referenced on Wikipedia that the library has access to. Clicking on the ‘Provided by’ button at the bottom left of the screen will take you to the articles that have been highlighted with ‘Download PDF’ or ‘Access Options’ buttons.

Uninstalling LibKey Nomad

Right click on the LibKey Nomad icon located in the top right corner of your browser and select ‘Remove from chrome’.


On Firefox this will be ‘Remove extension’.


You can also uninstall LibKey Nomad via your browser’s web extension store and select ‘remove from...’. See the list of links to each LibKey browser store.

Issues using LibKey Nomad

LibKey does not give access to article when ‘download PDF’ is clicked

LibKey Nomad will not download an article while connected to the University VPN. Disconnect from the University VPN. See the Knowledge Base instructions on how to disconnect.

When installing LibKey, there is no prompt to select University of Birmingham

If you are using Firefox in a private browser or Chrome in Incognito mode you will have to grant LibKey Nomad access. Right click on the LibKey Nomad icon located in the top right corner of your browser and select ‘manage extensions’.

In Chrome, enable 'Allow in incognito'.


In Firefox, go to 'Run in Private Windows' and select 'Allow'.



Browser is showing a crash report when selecting ‘Download PDF’


To resolve this, right click on the ‘Download PDF’ button and select ‘Open link in new tab’. This should now give access to the article.




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