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ifcopenshell.api.library.add_library.add_library(file, name=None) None

Adds a new library to the project

A library is an external data source that is related to the project. It may be a database, a spreadsheet, an API, or even a stack of papers in a filing cabinet. This allows IFC data to store relationships to these external data sources.

For example, you may have a list of laser scans of a site stored in an online platform, which can be queried using an API. Or, you might have a database of live building sensor data. So long as there is a clear identifier you can use to link the two datasets together, you can create a relationship.

Note that IFC does not store any instructions on how to access the library. It does not specify whether a HTTP request or database connection needs to be made or what protocol the library operates with. Until this is fleshed out further, it is the users responsibility to name the libraries consistently and use appropriate identifiers. For example, if you are linking IFC data and Brickschema data, use a full URI for the identifier with no abbreviation (e.g. ‘http://example.org/digitaltwin#AHU01’, not ‘digitaltwin:AHU01’).

A library will then contain a list of references within that library. These references will then be related to IFC elements. For example, a library will represent an external database, and a reference will point to a particular table and row within that database.


name (str) – The name of the library


The newly created IfcLibraryInformation

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ifcopenshell.api.run("library.add_library", model, name="Brickschema")