Create a document library in SharePoint

Create a document library in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007 to securely store files where you and your co-workers can find them easily, work on them together, and access them from any device at any time. SharePoint team sites include a document library by default, however, you can add additional document and other libraries to a site as needed. For more information about document libraries, see What is a document library?

To delete a library, see Delete a document library in SharePoint.

Note: To create or delete a library, you must have permission to create or manage lists.

Note:  A SharePoint site can be significantly modified in appearance and navigation. If you cannot locate an option, such as a command, button, or link, contact your administrator.

Create a library in SharePoint Online

  1. Go to the team site where you want to create a new document library.

  2. On the menu bar, click New and then click Document library.

    Create a Sharepoint document library

    For other types of libraries, click App, and choose the library you want to create.

  3. In the Create document library pane, type a name for the new document library and, add an optional description. If you want to add a link to the new document library in the left-hand navigation for the site, select Show in site navigation. This option is selected by default.

    Document Library Details

  4. Click Create to create your new document library or click Cancel to return to the team site.

For info on adding versioning, uploading files, and enabling other library features, see Next steps with your document library.

Create a library in SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2013

  1. Click Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. and then click Site contents.

  2. Click add an app.

  3. Click the library type you want (document, form, picture, etc).

    List apps in the Site Contents page

    If you don't see the one you want, type a keyword into the search box and press search Search box magnifying glass icon .

  4. Type a title into Name field.

    You can also click Advanced Options and enter a Description. Depending on the type of library, you can add versioning and other features.

    Put in name, description, and optional versioning
  5. Click Create.

For info on adding versioning, uploading files, and enabling other library features, see Next steps with your document library.

Create a library in SharePoint Server 2010

  1. Navigate to the site where you want to create the library.

  2. Click Site Actions Site Actions Menu , click View All Site Content, and then click Create Create Button .

  3. Under Libraries, click the type of library that you want, such as Document Library or Picture Library.

  4. In the Name box, type a name for the library. The library name is required.

    The name appears at the top of the library page, becomes part of the address for the library page, and appears in navigational elements that help users to find and open the library.

    Create picture library dialog with More Options highlighted
  5. Depending on the type of library, you can click More Options. The following are some of the options you can choose:

    Dialog to add name, diagram, Quick Launch navigation, and Versioning.
    • Enter a description into the Description box. The description is optional.

      The description appears at the top of the library page, underneath the name of the library. If you plan to enable the library to receive content by e-mail, you can add the e-mail address of the library to its description, so that people can easily find it.

    • To add a link to this library on the Quick Launch, verify that Yes is selected in the Navigation section

    • Some libraries support the integration of incoming e-mail. If an Incoming E-mail section appears, your administrator has enabled your site to receive content by e-mail. If you want people to add files to the library by sending them as attachments to e-mail messages, click Yes. Then, in the E-mail address box, type the first part of the address that you want people to use for the library.

    • To create a version each time a file is checked into the library, in the Document Version History or Picture Version History section, click Yes.

      You can later choose whether you want to store both major and minor versions and how many versions of each you want to track.

    • For some libraries, a Document Template section may be available, which lists the default programs for creating new files. In the Document Template section, in the drop-down list, click the type of default file that you want to be used as a template for files that are created in the library.

      Note: If content types are enabled, the default template is specified through the content type. If multiple content types are enabled, you can choose from different default file types when you create new files. In this case, the default file types are specified by the content types instead of the Document Template section when you create the library.

  6. Click Create.

For info on adding versioning, uploading files, and enabling other library features, see Next steps with your document library.

Create a library in SharePoint Server 2007

  1. Click Site Actions Button image , click View All Site Content, and then click Create on the All Site Content page.

  2. Under Libraries, click the type of library that you want, such as Document Library.

    Selecting Picture library from the list of libraries under create
  3. In the Name box, type a name for the library. The library name is required.

    The name appears at the top of the library page, becomes part of the address for the library page, and appears in navigational elements that help users to find and open the library.

    New library settings
  4. In the Description box, type a description of the purpose of the library. The description is optional.

    The description appears at the top of the library page, underneath the name of the library. If you plan to enable the library to receive content by e-mail, you can add the e-mail address of the library to its description, so that people can easily find it.

  5. To add a link to this library on the Quick Launch, verify that Yes is selected in the Navigation section.

  6. Click Create.

  7. Depending on the type of library, the following are some of the options you can choose:

    • If an Incoming E-mail section appears, your administrator has enabled your site to receive content by e-mail. If you want people to add files to the library by sending them as attachments to e-mail messages, click Yes. Then, in the E-mail address box, type the first part of the address that you want people to use for the library.

    • To create a version each time a file is checked into the library, in the Document Version History or Picture Version History section, click Yes.

      You can later choose whether you want to store both major and minor versions and how many versions of each you want to track.

    • Depending on the type of library you are creating, a Document Template section may be available, which lists the compatible programs that are available as the default for creating new files. If content types are enabled, the default template is specified through the content type. In the Document Template section, in the drop-down list, click the type of default file that you want to be used as a template for files that are created in the library.

For info on adding versioning, uploading files, and enabling other library features, see Next steps with your document library.

Next steps with your document library

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