How do I add a library to my community?

Add a library to your community to give members a central place to store and work with community files.

Before you begin

To create a community library, the IBM® Connections Content Manager add-on must be installed for your deployment.

About this task

When you are a community owner, you can create libraries in your community by adding the Library widget or link to existing libraries using the Linked Library widget. You can create or link to multiple libraries from your community, and give the libraries different names to distinguish between them.

When you create a community library using the Library widget, the library is created on the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) server and access to the library is granted based on community membership. When you link to an existing library using the Linked Library widget, permissions for working with files and folders in the library are set on the ECM server.


To add a library to a community, complete the following steps.

  1. From the Overview page, select Community Actions > Add Apps.
  2. Complete one or more of the following tasks:
    • To create a community library, click Library. The Library widget is added to your community's Overview page. You can open the full application by selecting Library from the navigation sidebar.
    • To link to an existing library, click Linked Library. The Linked Library is added to your community's Overview page. You can open the full application by selecting Linked Library from the navigation sidebar.
  3. Optional: Close the widget palette.

What to do next

After creating a community library by adding the Library widget, click Add Your First File to start uploading files and working with them. After adding the Linked Library widget, you must create a connection to an ECM server so that you can access and start working with the files in a linked library. For more information, see How do I connect to an ECM server.

If you are creating multiple community libraries or linking to multiple libraries, you might want to rename them to make it easier to distinguish between them. For more information, see Managing libraries.

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