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Citation: Sharing Libraries

Creating Group Libraries

Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.

Screenshot showing how to create a new group

First, set up Zotero sync and synchronize your library.

  1. To create a shared library, click the New Library button near the top left of your Zotero window (small brown box, second from the left) and select "New Group."
  2. Zotero will redirect you to
  3. You must log in to the website to create or join a group.
  4. Choose a name for your new group, and click "Create Group" at the bottom of the screen.

You now have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: My Library and Group Libraries.

Personal and group libraries are entirely separate, and changes made to items in one library do not affect the other. You can drag items back and forth libraries to copy items.

Search for existing public groups or create a new group. Groups may be public (searchable, and anyone can join) or private (users can only join if invited).

To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at or be invited by the group’s owner.

Types of Groups

There are three types of groups in Zotero.

  • Public, Open Membership: Any user can view your group online, and they can join it at will.
  • Public, Closed Membership: Any user can view your group online, but they have to apply or be invited to join.
  • Private Membership: Group members are the only ones who can view your group, and they must be invited to join.