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Zotero Groups

Zotero groups provide a powerful way to share collections with a class, work closely with colleagues on a project, keep track of conversations in your field more broadly, and keep tabs on what people at your institution or in your department are working on. There is no limit on how many members may join your groups, and your full storage subscription is always available to your personal and group libraries.

Creating Groups

There are two ways to create Zotero groups.

  1. You can click the New Group icon located next to the New Collection icon in the top left corner of the Zotero.
  2. You can also click the Create New Group button on the groups landing page.

Group Types

Private Groups

Public, Closed Membership

Public, Open Membership

Group Settings

Membership Settings

There are three roles for users in groups: regular members, administrators, and group owners. Administrators can change a group's public/private status, members' roles, and group library settings. Group owners have all the same privileges as administrators, but can also delete the group or transfer ownership to another member. If group file storage is enabled, it will count against the owner's storage quota.

Library Settings

Library Reading (Who can see items in this group's library?):


Library Editing (Who can add, edit, and remove items from this group's library?):

Interact With Groups Through the Zotero Client

If you have enabled data syncing and are a member of a group with an enabled library, the group library will appear in Zotero's left column. Items can be dragged into it from My Library and viewed or edited by other group members, if their permissions allow it. To create a subcollection, right-click on a group library and select New Subcollection. Note that group libraries are wholly separate from My Library. Any items dragged into them are separate copies and changes to the items will not be reflected in your own copy of the item until you drag it back into My Library.

Below, you can see an image of several groups with subcollections.

Interact With Groups Through the Website

Every group also has its own web page. For public groups, this page acts as a public portal for the group’s collaborative work. For private groups, the page offers a way for group members to interact with the group’s collections from anywhere.