Shared libraries are hosted on a BIMcloud/BIM Server. Each user automatically obtains a cached copy of these libraries, and any updates to them are received by all users. Any user having the proper access rights can add a new library to the shared project; this library will henceforth also be located on the BIMcloud/BIM Server. (In most cases, the project manager will restrict this right to certain key users on the team.) Also from the Library Manager (when adding a BIMcloud/BIM Server Library), you can access the “Manage BIMcloud/BIM Server Libraries” function.
This function – also available from the File > Libraries and Objects menu – enables Project or Server Administrators to remotely update and maintain the libraries on the server, thus greatly reducing the possibility of using outdated libraries.
Note: “Separate” or local libraries were used frequently in the past; they are not used any longer due to the great increases in LAN speed and network stability. The use of separate libraries also required extensive management efforts to make sure that all teammates were using the latest library content.