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Looking for a way to kick your addiction to shopping for books online? A new web browser extension might be of help.

Screenshot of search results for Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale on Amazon.com

Library Extension will show you if books and e-books you search for online are available for free at your local library.

The extension, which is available for Chrome and Firefox, is activated after entering your location and selecting libraries in your area. E-book services are also available.

One installed, every time you browse for books at an online bookstore like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Audible, Library Extension will pop up and show you if the books are available at your chosen library.

We tried out the extension by looking up Margaret Atwood’s bestseller The Handmaid’s Tale on Amazon.com. Library Extension appeared on the right side of the screen and showed that 29 hardcover copies (out of 143 total) of the book, and 89 audiobook copies (out of 365 total copies), are currently available at the New York Public Library. More copies are available at the Brooklyn Library (40 hardcovers and 20 audiobooks).

With just one click, you’ll be directed to the chosen library or e-book service page to borrow the book online or join a waiting list.

Hakim Bishara is a Senior Editor at Hyperallergic. He is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant and he holds an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual...

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