Database libraries

You can create a database library that contains databases that pertain to a specific collection of users or to a specific topic. For example, a corporate database library might include all databases that deal with corporate policies and procedures, and a marketing database library might include databases that are useful to the marketing staff.

The main view in a library lists the databases it contains alphabetically by title, and gives a short description of each database. Each database document displays the database's title, short and long descriptions, replica ID, and database manager, as well as buttons that let users browse the database or add it to their bookmarks.

Note: Instead of creating database libraries to point users to the databases they need, you can use Desktop policy settings to add bookmarks directly to their workspaces.

Server libraries

The databases you choose to include in a library can be located on any server. More than one library can reside on a server. When a user opens a database from a database library, Domino® uses the database's replica ID number to search for it. Domino® first searches for the database on the user's workspace, then on the user's home server, and finally looks for a Domain Catalog to find a path to a replica of the database on another server. If a database is moved to another server, Domino® automatically opens the database at its new location and then updates the database's replica ID in the database library.

When you create a database library on a server, you automatically become the librarian for that database library with Manager access in the library ACL. The -Default- access in the library ACL is Reader. If a user with Reader access in the database library ACL attempts to publish a database, Domino® automatically sends the librarian an email containing the request to publish the database. The librarian then publishes the database for the user. If you want users to be able to publish databases in the library themselves, change -Default- access to Author.

Local libraries

You can create a local library for your own use, which lists databases on your own hard drive as well as databases on servers. The only difference between a local library and libraries on servers is that no other users can use your local library or become librarians for it.