Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Separate Photo Libraries in Mac Photos App

Mac Photos app enables you to create a new photo library which means it’s simple to make a separate photo library to hold some images outside of a primary photo collection. It can be helpful for various reasons, whether to differentiate a personal image library from a work photo library or if you want to keep a private picture library from other images on the same system.

Making a new Photo library is pretty simple in Photos for Mac but it’s not completely intuitive since there’s no menu where you can create a new library. Follow the below tutorial to create a separate new photo library in Photos for Mac OS.

Steps to create a new photo library in Mac Photos app

  1. Quit Photos app in Mac.
  2. Re-launch the Photos app in Mac by holding the Option key and double-click the Photos icon in Application folder.
  3. Under the Choose Library window, click Create New.
  4. Give name to the new image library and select a location to store the library on your Mac.
  5. Click OK button to finish the process.

Once you complete all the above steps successfully, Photos app will open with a new and entirely blank picture library. That means it will not hold any of the previously imported images unless specifically added.

Now, it is ready to import images into this new library and give you the following options:

  • Use Import option from the File menu.
  • Connect a camera or memory card to import images from that.
  • Drag photos into the Photos tool to import by file.
  • Turn on iCloud Photo Library app and import images from your iCloud account.

By following above method you can easily import your images into Photos library. In case, Photos app alerts you about the shortage of space on your disk then you can delete some images from your library by following these instructions;

  1. Choose the pictures that you wish to delete and click Command-Delete
  2. Next, select Recently Deleted tab under Albums
  3. Select all the images that you want to delete from your library and click Delete Items.

Now that you have created a separate photo library, you may want to switch between the default and newly created library sometimes. Here’s how to switch between photo libraries:

  1. Quit Photos app in Mac.
  2. Re-launch the Photos app in Mac by holding the Option key and double-click the Photos icon in Application folder.
  3. Under the Choose Library window, select one of the following tab:
  • Choose the library you want to use and click Choose Library.
  • If the image library you want doesn’t appear in the Choose Library box, hit Other Library and go to the location of the library. Then select it and click Choose Library.