How Do I Open a Block Library in AutoCAD?

In this tutorial, we will learn how to open a block library in AutoCAD. Block libraries are collections of pre-drawn objects that can be inserted into your drawings to save time and increase productivity. By opening a block library, you can access and use these pre-drawn objects in your AutoCAD projects.

Step 1: Launch AutoCAD

To begin, launch AutoCAD by double-clicking on the program icon or searching for it in your computer’s applications menu.

Step 2: Access the Tool Palettes

Once AutoCAD is open, you will need to access the Tool Palettes window. To do this, go to the Ribbon at the top of the screen and click on the ‘View’ tab. In the ‘Palettes’ panel, click on the ‘Tool Palettes’ button.


If you don’t see the ‘Tool Palettes’ button in your Ribbon, you can alternatively use the command line by typing ‘-TOOLPALETTES’ and pressing Enter.

Step 3: Open a Block Library

In the Tool Palettes window, you will see a list of available palettes on the left side. These palettes contain various block libraries. To open a specific block library, simply click on its name in the list.


If you don’t see any palettes or block libraries listed, you may need to load them first. To do this, right-click anywhere within the Tool Palettes window and select ‘Load Palette..’. Browse for the desired palette file (.xtp) and click ‘Open’ to load it.

Step 4: Insert Blocks into Your Drawing

Once you have opened a block library, you can insert blocks from it into your drawing. To do this, simply click and drag the desired block from the palette onto your drawing area. You can also double-click on a block to insert it at the default insertion point.


If you want to change the insertion point or scale of a block before inserting it, right-click on the block in the palette and select ‘Properties. In the Properties window, you can modify various attributes of the block.

Step 5: Close the Block Library

After you have finished using a block library, you can close it by clicking on the ‘X’ button in the top-right corner of its palette window. This will remove the palette from view but will not delete any blocks that were inserted into your drawing.

Congratulations! You now know how to open a block library in AutoCAD and insert blocks into your drawings. By using block libraries, you can save time and streamline your design process in AutoCAD.