Unhide Library Folder in Mac OS X 10.7 – Lion

In Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Apple has made the user Library folder hidden. Preferences, presets, and other user customisation settings are stored within this Library folder.

There are two ways to access this folder:

Temporary

To keep the folder hidden and to access it sporadically:

  1. In Finder, choose Go > Go To Folder
  2. In the Go To Folder dialog, enter ~/Library
  3. Click Go

Permanent

To unhide the folder permanently:

  1. Open a Terminal session
  2. Enter the following command (replace <username> with your actual username
  3. chflags nohidden /Users/<username>/Library
  4. Quit Terminal