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Registered: ‎01-19-2016
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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

This did not solve my problem. None of the suggestions about copying the file and placing somewhere else solve the problem. Currently, I have no access to my main library. I tried a different library and it opened fine. But this makes no sense, as I was using my main library just yesterday on the same computer. Nothing has changed since then. How has the library suddenly become corrupted?

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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

Did you copy both the .enl file and the .DATA folder to the same new location?  

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Registered: ‎05-25-2018
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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

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Greetings All,

 

I too experienced this frightening issue with Endnote X8. I called Endnote support (1-800-336-4474; Option 4) and they wonderfully gave me the following instructions for MAC Book Pro (High Sierra):

 

  1. Create a new folder in APPLICATIONS called "Endnote Libraries".
  2. Copy and paste your corrupted Endnote library (.enl) and its corresponding .Data folder to the new folder you just created. 
  3. Open Endnote X8 program.
  4. Go to Tools "Recover Library".
  5. Choose the new copied version of your .enl file in the "Endnote Libraries" folder you just created.
  6. It will recover your library and make a new file with a new name by simply adding "-Saved" to it (ORIGINALNAME-Saved.enl) and it will also paste a new corresponding .Data folder with the "-Saved" added.
  7. Open the new "-Saved.enl" file and voila - your library is back.

All of my groups, attachments (PDFs,), etc. were there too. Crisis averted

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Registered: ‎06-12-2018
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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

Thanks - this has solved my issue too.  So not cloud friendly, even though my library is synced in your cloud.  Too funny!

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Registered: ‎08-13-2018
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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

I came across the same issue today, but fortunately found a quick solution (which might have been particular to my circumstances).

 

I recently migrated from 2013 MacBook Air to 2018 MacBook Pro, both using fully up-to-date software. iCloud Desktop + Documents was enabled on both machines. I successfully opened my EndNote X8 library on MBP. Later, while Apple Support helped me with an unrelated matter, I disabled iCloud and re-enabled it. When I opened EndNote today, I got the dreaded error message other users have mentioned. Not wanting to go through the labourious steps mentioned above, I checked my EndNote folders and found that many of them were in the cloud, but not locally downloaded (they had the cloud with down arrow logo next to them). I clicked on the cloud icon to manually download EndNote folders, then rebooted (because why not). On reboot, I was able to open my old library without having to go through the recovery process.

 

Just thought I'd offer this in case it helps anyone else!

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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

I ran into the same problem as the folks on this page recently. I did the following and it worked for me:

 

I took several files from the .data folder and deleted them from the rdb and tdb subfolders. Files: csort 2.MYI, csort.frm, csort. MYD, csort.MYD 8.49.52 PM, csort.MYI 

 

I have no idea why this worked. I was just systematically deleting newly updated files from the day it malfunctioned. 

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Re: "This library is currently being used by someone else. Try opening it again later"

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THANK YOU  nhnorsker!!!  

I just spent a couple of figuring out how to get my Library to open, got in touch with the tech support, it did not work. All the other options were tried to no avail. This one solution works, many thanks to Thorgrim and you. And copying the pdf file content works, but I tried to also copy the rdb content (maybe my groups are there??) but it messed up things again, so I reverse that, and I just have to regroup my refs... again, I am just happy to be able to open it again and to have the pdf.