Libraries are a crucial part of ARCHICAD projects. ARCHICAD is shipped with an extensive default library, but you can create additional library objects to serve any imaginable need of your project.
In a typical architectural firm, three types of libraries are used:
Standard ARCHICAD Library is the most current version of the ARCHICAD object library or in some cases just a subset of it. The subset library contains only those elements of the standard ARCHICAD library that are regularly used in the firm.
Office Standard Library is a collection of those objects that have been developed to meet the office requirements. This library typically includes annotation elements (e.g. markers, labels, drawing frames etc.) and 3D objects (e.g. doors, windows, curtain walls etc.).
Project Specific Libraries consist of custom elements developed specifically for this project. Most of these objects are created by the project team members.
The above libraries can reside on the company file server, BIM Server, or on the team member’s computer. For the best performance we suggest the following strategy for library storage:
ARCHICAD Library and Office Standard Libraries are installed on the company file server or for Teamwork projects on the BIM Server. Libraries are stored in container file format (LCF) or as BIM Server Libraries and users are not allowed to modify them. Only Server Administrators have the right to update them.
Project Specific Libraries are typically stored in the project file as embedded objects. Team members having the required Teamwork role settings can freely edit these objects.
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Office Standard Library

The Office Standard Library is one which, in addition to the ARCHICAD Library, will be loaded with each project within an office. ...