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I'd like to create a lookup column in my list (hopefully using OOTB functionality) that shows a column from another list. Sounds simple enough, but the available columns to choose to lookup from my source list only consist of Dates or Text types. The column I want to pull is of type Person or Group. I read that this might not be allowed, since it is like doing a "Lookup of a Lookup". Is there any way around this?

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There is no way you can do this OOTB in SharePoint. So you have to do some coding to get your solution.

Here is a sample code which performs the operation you want.

     /// <summary>
    /// Create LookUp Column in Site Columns
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="fieldName">LookUp Field Name</param>
    /// <param name="fieldTitle">LookUp Field Title</param>
    /// <param name="required">Field Required or Not</param>
    /// <param name="allowMultipleValues">Multiple Allowed or Not</param>
    /// <param name="sourceList">Source List of LookUp Column</param>
    /// <param name="destinationlist">Destination List of LookUp Column</param>
   /// <param name="sourceField">Source Field of LookUp</param>

    public static void CreateLookupField(string fieldName, string fieldTitle, bool required, bool allowMultipleValues, SPList sourceList, SPList destinationlist, string sourceField)
                destinationlist.Fields.AddLookup(fieldName, sourceList.ID, required);
                SPFieldLookup lookUpField = (SPFieldLookup)destinationlist.Fields[fieldName];
                lookUpField.AllowMultipleValues = allowMultipleValues;
                lookUpField.Title = fieldTitle;
                lookUpField.LookupField = sourceField;
            catch (Exception ex)


If you have any doubt in this code then ask me.

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There is actually a way to do it declaratively in SharePoint 2010, have a look here… – Marius Constantinescu - MVP Feb 11 '13 at 15:16

I did this with less coding in sharepoint 2010. Here's what I have:

  • List called PeopleList with columns "Person" and "Title".
  • Workflow called "CopyPersonFromTitle", which runs when an item is created/changed.
  • A list called CustomListWithLookup, which has a Lookup with the following configuration. Get Information From: PeopleList. In this column: Title. Allow multiple values: yes

CopyPersonFromTitle workflow:

If CurrentItem.title is empty  
Set CurrentItem.title to CurrentItem.Person (display name as string)
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