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This is the stand-alone guide for Zotero.

What to know about Zotero group libraries and storage

When creating a group library in Zotero, there are a few things to know before you begin.


  • The individual who creates the group or shared library will be sharing their storage space with the group.  That means that if "Professor A" creates a group library in Zotero for their class, all the students that contribute to Professor A's Zotero group library and store their pdf’s in the group library in Zotero, will be using the professor’s allotted storage amount. 
  • To avoid using up storage space, students can choose one or two storage alternatives for their pdf’s. 
    • Option one is to create a reference citation without uploading the pdf into Zotero. 
    • The second option is to have the professor create a shared class folder on Google Drive. All the pdf’s from students would be stored in the shared Google Drive folder.  Students would upload their citations into Zotero, and could then add a link in the Zotero reference to the shared class drive for access to the folder. 


For information about Zotero storage see the Zotero storage options page at


Zotero Groups

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.

First, set up Zotero sync and synchronize your library.

  • To create a shared library, click the Create Groups button near the top left of your Zotero window (small blue/green button with two “people” icons, second from the left).
  • To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at or be invited by the group’s owner.
  • You must log in to the website to create or join a group.

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).

Video tutorial: Group libraries


This portion of the Migration Guide, under the "Zotero" tab is credited explicitly to Georgia State University and Jason Puckett's "Zotero" Libguide. 

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