Check if a SharePoint list exists

SharePoint 2007 doesn’t have any methods to tell you if a list exists.
So you have to try to get an instance of the list and catch the error.

So here the method I use to check if a list exist.
You pass in the SPListCollection and the title of the lists.

//Check if a list already exists
private static bool listExists(SPListCollection collection, string title)
foreach (SPList list in collection)
if (list.Title == title)
return true;
return false;
catch (Exception)



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