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In a specific site collection I lost a Site Assets library. I don't know what happened, the library just disappeared. In fact, SharePoint doesn't allow me to recreate a library with this same name, so I think the library content still is there, somewhere.

I'd like to know why the library has disappeared and how to recreate it, if needed.

"SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure" and "Wiki Page Home Page" features are activated in Site Settings

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Were you able to browse the library by browsing the path, like "server/site/SiteAssets";. We got the similar issue with "Micro feed" list but we are able to browse it by typing the URL. – sekhar Aug 9 '15 at 8:40

A feature has probably deployed some files to the SiteAssets path and SharePoint has automatically create a folder for it.

Open the site in SharePoint Designer or Explorer View mode, you should see a folder called SiteAssets, backup the contents, delete it and try recreating the library.

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