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Zotero: Shared Groups

Open Source Citation Management Tool

Zotero Groups

To use Zotero groups, you must have Zotero Sync enabled.

Setting Up Groups

  1. First, set up Zotero sync and synchronize your library. You must be logged in to the website to create or join a group.
  • 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.
  1. You now have two sections in your Zotero collections pane: "My Library" and "Group Libraries."
  2. 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.
  3. 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).