I have a communications site. There are following groups: Admin, Member, Visitor.

Visitors can view doc library files. Members can add/delete the doc library and add/delete items to the doc library.

How to prevent Members from being able to add/delete a document library? I only want them to be able to add/delete files in the doc library.

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You have below two options:

  1. Create a new group with Contribute permissions:

    This is my recommended approach. You can create a new SharePoint group in site and assign "Contribute" permissions on site for this group.

    • If you want users to only add/edit/delete files and not add/delete libraries, add those users to this group.
    • If you want users to only add/edit/delete files AND also allow to add/delete libraries, add those users to default "Members" group.
  2. Change Permissions of default Members group:

    You can change permissions of default Members group from "Edit" to "Contribute". This will not allow members to add/delete document libraries in site.

Follow below documentations for more understanding:

  1. User permissions and permission levels in SharePoint
  2. SharePoint site permissions
  • By default Member group members can add/delete/edit the site pages, document library?
    – variable
    Nov 18, 2022 at 8:20
  • Yes, as they have Edit permissions, they can perform those operations. Nov 18, 2022 at 8:22

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