Adobe Experience Manager platform provides different capabilities to manage assets. Media Library allows the users to upload a small number of assets to the repository, search and use those in the webpages, and accomplish simple asset management tasks on the assets.
Media Library is a lightweight Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution that comes complimentary with Adobe Experience Manager Sites license. Sites is a Web Content Management (WCM) offering. Media Library works with all capabilities of Experience Manager.
Adobe Experience Manager Assets license is available separately for purchase. Experience Manager Assets allows for robust handling of assets via enterprise use cases, customizations for metadata, schemas, search, and user interface, and many other features beyond what Media Library provides.
Customers who have Sites license are entitled to use Media Library. It works with all components of Experience Manager.
Media Library gets installed as part of Sites. No additional license or package is required beyond Sites license and installation.
Experience Manager Assets provides enterprise-grade DAM functionality. Assets functionality is delivered with Experience Manager in one single package. However, users who have not purchased an Assets license are not entitled to use the advanced DAM features. Without Assets license, only Media Library features are available.
If you want to prevent unintended use of Assets features that you have not licensed, then remove all the Assets-specific workflows, components, taxonomies, options and the Assets admin from Experience Manager. Doing so prevents your users from accidentally using Assets features that you did not license.
Media Library broadly covers the following use cases:
To use the Media Library functionality, you can use the default Experience Manager user interface. Media Library is part of the Experience Manager Sites installation and no separate interface or add-on is required. Using the existing interface, Media Library users are entitled to accomplish the following tasks:
Many advanced DAM use cases are fulfilled by Experience Manager Assets. Media Library license entitles you to fulfil only the listed use cases using Media Library. If a use case is not listed, do not use it with Media Library license. If you have any queries, contact Adobe Customer Support.
Note that you cannot use smart tags, Asset link, Asset selector, bulk tagging, modify asset workflows, or standard Adobe Experience Manager user interface to access Media Library without Assets license.