Create a new shared library from OneDrive for Business

Create a new shared library from OneDrive for Business

When you're working as a team — in Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, or Outlook—you should save your files where your team works, because OneDrive for Business connects you to all your shared libraries, too.

When you need a new shared location to store team files, create a site that contains a shared library right from OneDrive, add members, and start working together. A shared library is a location to store files which is backed by a Team Site, and is accessible within Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, or Outlook. And it’s easy to copy or move files where you and others need them.

Create a shared library

  1. In the OneDrive website, in the navigation under Shared libraries, click Create new.

  2. Give your new team site a name. (Unless you're using SharePoint Server 2019, Office 365 group email will be automatically generated with the same name as your team site.) As you type, you will see whether or not the name you've chosen is available. Once it's been verified that the name is available, fill in the additional fields that appear.

    A screenshot of a list of SharePoint sites on the OneDrive website.


    • If offered, in the Privacy settings section, choose either Public - anyone in the organization can access this site or Private - only members can access this site to control who has access to your site.

    • If enabled by your admin, choose a site classification in the Site classification section. The options listed can pertain to sensitivity of information or to the life-cycle of information in your library.

    Caution: Once you select a default language for your site and create the site, you can't change the language to something else later. You can, however, add alternate supported languages.

    Create a SharePoint team site
  3. Once you're done, click Next.

  4. While your site's finishing setup, add the names or email addresses of anyone else you want to manage the site in the Add additional owners field. (The site creator is automatically a member of the site owners group.) In the Add members field, add the name or email address for everyone you want to be a member of your site, and then click Finish.

    Add members to a team site

    Note: You'll get a Redirecting notification, and then you'll be taken to the new site you just created. You can customize this as needed (in the upper right, click Next Steps), or you can go straight to Documents. Upload files and folders there just like you do in OneDrive.

    The Next Steps pane after creating a new Shared Library in OneDrive for Business
  5. Go back to your OneDrive page and refresh it. You should now see your new Library listed. (You may need to click More libraries if you have several there already.)

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