I am not using Site Pages and Pages Library in my Site. Can I delete them from Site Contents? Will that effect my Site negatively.

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yes, it will create a major problem, since the url of your site defaults on the Home page (called home.aspx or default.aspx) included in Site Pages.

  • I have made my Document Library's AllItems.aspx page as default home page. What about now?
    – Farhan
    Jan 31, 2018 at 15:04
  • then technically you can remove it with no error messages. Still I believe pages (at least one) have their own use.
    – susan
    Feb 1, 2018 at 9:01

The short answer is that deleting them will cause issues for your site.

The reason for this is that these page libraries are added by default when a Site is created so that SharePoint knows where to look for specific items, in this case pages.

So what's the difference between "Site Pages" and "Pages"? I hear you asking. At the base level, one is used for "Wiki pages" and the other for Branding pages (as found here).

More details can be found on this question: The diffence between Pages and Site Pages


it is not recommended to do so, but it is possible , if you can't see "Delete this document library" option you can use power-shell as below to allow Deletion

$web = Get-SPWeb http://sp/sites/xyz

$list = $web.Lists["Site Pages"]

$list.AllowDeletion = $True


or you can delete it directly 

$web = Get-SPWeb http://sp/sites/xyz

$list = $web.Lists["Site Pages"]


deleted library and list will be moved to recycle bin and you can restore it later

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