Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2017     Views: 20

Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users. It's a great way to collaborate. If you haven't done so already, create a free Zotero account at Sync it with Zotero Standalone according to instructions found at Then:

  • To create a shared library, click the Create Groups button near the top left of your Zotero window (small, brown box icon, second from the left). You will be prompted to log into your Zotero account. Once logged in, select a group name, type and choose your settings.

    The new group should appear in Zotero Standalone shortly. If not, you can click on the green sync button (top, right corner of Zotero Standalone). Once you've set up the group, you can begin adding citations.
  • To join an existing Zotero library, search for it at or ask the group's owner for an invitation
  • 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 between libraries to copy items.

Go to for detailed information about group types and settings.


Part or all of this answer is adapted from Zotero wiki content distributed under various Creative Commons licenses found at Additional content may have been adapted from the Zotero LibGuide by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.