Check Tufts Libraries bookmarklet

If you find an article, chapter, or ebook online that requires you to pay to read it, use this bookmarklet to check if you already have instant access through Tufts' libraries. 

You could also search for the title in JumboSearch, or refresh the resource after you've logged onto the Tufts VPN, but this tool lets you check with a single click!

Getting started: adding the bookmarklet

  1. Make sure your browser's bookmark toolbar is showing. (Directions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge.)

  2. Create a new bookmark. You can usually do this by right-clicking the bookmark toolbar and choosing the option to add a new bookmark or page.

  3. Name the bookmark Check Tufts Libraries or any name that's meaningful to you.

  4. Copy and paste the entire string below into the URL field for the bookmark: javascript:void(location.href='
    Screenshot of Add bookmark menu in Firefox
    This is what it looks like in Firefox. Your browser may look different.
  5. Save the bookmarklet. You should now see it in your bookmarks toolbar.

Using the bookmarklet

When you land on a pay-to-read article or chapter online, locate and click on the bookmarklet in your saved bookmarks. The page will reload and ask you to sign in with your Tufts username and password. If we have access, you'll be able to read it once you sign in.

If you're still prompted to pay, don't! That means we likely don't have access through our own holdings, but we can still get it for you if you follow the next steps.

What to do if you can't gain access using the bookmarklet:

  1. Use JumboSearch to check if we have the article or journal in print, the book in print, or a different electronic edition. If we have it in print and you're off campus, we can scan and deliver it to you.

  2. If you can't find a record of the chapter or article in our collections using JumboSearch, use our Interlibrary Loan service to request it from another library.

Video tutorial

This video shows you how to set up and use the Check Tufts Libraries bookmarklet.


Thanks to the Harvard Library's Check Harvard Library Bookmark, which inspired our tool.