Change List or Library URL and Name

Recently had a scenario where I needed to move a bunch of libraries from different sites, to another farm. Every library was titled the same, so when I went to import the libraries, I ran into a small issue. Using a combo of Export-SPweb and Import-SPweb, I moved a library over, then updated the library url and name to the source site name.

if ((Get-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell” -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)
Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”

$webURL = “”

$before = “LibBefore”
$after = “LibAfter”

#Change the URL of the library
$web = Get-SPWeb $webURL

#Update the library name
$web = Get-SPWeb $webURL
$list = $web.Lists[$after]
$list.Title = $after

Couple notes.
You might be able to shorten the script to rename and update in a couple lines of code.
If you use the script to change the URL of a list, the list will moved to the root of the site. it will no longer live at site/lists.

*I have not tested this with libraries or list that workflows associated with them. It’s also safe to assume any links to documents would be broken.*