Unable to determine Library Access!

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

The Map Librarian LIBRARY command does not connect properly to a library file (in this case trying to access 'statelib'), and returns the following error:

Arc: librarian
Librarian: library statelib
Unable to determine Library Access!


Here are three possible causes:

  • The LIBRARIES file LOCATION item points to an invalid path
  • Necessary database directories or read access permissions are missing
  • Necessary INFO files do not exist

Solution or Workaround

  • Verify the LOCATION item is set to a valid directory location.
    See: How To: Set the path for the LIBRARIES file LOCATION item
    This article shows how to set the LOCATION item.
  • Make sure the ...\database and ...\database\access directories exist and have read access.
  • Check the ...\database\info and ...\database\access directories to make sure they contain either the arcdr9 or arc.dir file.

Article ID:000005296

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