How To Create a SharePoint Picture Library In SharePoint 2016 Or Online

Today, I am writing about creating a SharePoint Picture Library in SharePoint 2016 or online. Also, I will describe about what Picture Library is, and the use of Picture Library.
I will be covering the below points
  • What is a Picture Library?
  • How to create Picture Library
  • How to add columns for Picture Library
  • How to add or upload pictures to the library
  • How to delete pictures from the library
So, let's start step by step.

What is a Picture Library?

As per TechNet, A Picture Library allows us to share a collection of digital photos or graphics. With the help of Picture Library, we can store pictures and share the same with team mates using share link.While photos can be stored in other types of SharePoint libraries, Picture Libraries have several advantages. We can edit these pictures from the computer. We can also easily link to photos in our Picture Library from elsewhere on our site, such as pages, wikis, and blogs.

How to create Picture Library?
  • To create the picture library, all we need to do is to login to the site with appropriate permissions.
  • Click on the gear box of site on the right side of the page and select "Add an App".
  • Once clicked, it will appear with site contents page.
  • Here, we need to select or search Picture Library and add the name.

  • Now, click on the "Create" button to create the Picture Library. Wait for some time and we will get the Library created, like below.

How to add columns for Picture Library?
  • To add columns for Picture Library, we need to open Picture Library and select Library settings from Library Ribbon page on the top of the screen.
  • Here, we need to select "Create Columns" from the side of the screen and add the file name type and select "Create".
How to add or upload Picture Library?
  • Adding or uploading pictures to create Picture Library is easy. We have various ways to add or upload pictures to the same.
Method 1
  • Here, we can add the picture using the Upload option on the Picture Library. Just select the Upload option and navigate  the folder to the saved location. We can do the same using "Open with Explorer" in case we have synced our drive with the local system.

Method 2
  • We can upload the images using Files ribbon from the top of page. Here, we need to select Upload option from the same and need to navigate to the folder in the same way as above. Refer to the below screenshot.

  • Now, on navigating  to the folder, we can add one picture or multiples at the same time.

Method 3
  • We can upload pictures by dragging and dropping them to Picture Library. We snap a pic while uploading by dragging and dropping.

  • After uploading the pics to the Library, we will be getting the output  -- or we can say, the result.

How to delete pics from Library?
  • Navigate to the site containing the picture library for which you want to delete the pictures.
  • Now, select Images one by one or multiples at the same time.  Click on File ribbon page and click on "Delete Documents".
  • If you wish to delete one by one, follow the above method option, or select Eclipse button on the selected images and select the "Delete" option.

Views for Picture Library

As we are working with SharePoint, Picture Library lets you upload and store photos and images that can be used in your site or shared with others. Using different Views, you can organize and see them in different ways.

By default, we can see that we will have few of the Views created for the Picture Library.
  • All Pictures: All Picture View will show us all pictures in data view as we are seeing in List library.

  • Slides
    This view will be showing us the images as a slider screen. Here, we can customize the view size, speed to forward to next images, and many more.

  • How to edit pictures in Library

    We can edit uploaded pictures on  the Library itself.

    Download pictures from the library

    • Navigate to the site containing the picture library for which we want to download pictures. On the Quick Launch bar, click the name of the library, or click Site Contents and then click the library title.
    • Select a picture which we want to download. So, click on the ellipse (this will be visible in all picture view only) next to the Picture name or title.
    • Now, we will get many options over here. We need to select download option to download the picture.

    • The file should be downloaded into the selected folder.