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On 10 June 1952, the Library of FAO was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library:
"In recognition of the foresight, leadership, and outstanding contribution of David Lubin to international co-operation in the field of agriculture". (FAO Conference 1950)
Today the David Lubin Memorial Library preserves one and a half million FAO and non-FAO publications, among which a collection of rare books and incunabula and the historic collections of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA), the predecessor of FAO. [more]

The Library welcomes both FAO staff and external visitors.



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Exploring the FAO Library resources 

Public: Search the online FAO Library Catalog to find FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection. To consult the IIA collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org.

FAO staff: Online journals and e-books are searchable through the Full-text finder search-box below.

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Libraries & the Sustainable Development Goals


The FAO Library presented the poster "How the FAO library is translating the SDGs into tangible knowledge" at the 85th IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Greece last August. The central theme: the Library's monthly e-bulletin which focusses on specific UN and FAO events related to one of the 17 SDGs. The bulletin not only proved to be a way to get concrete literature on specific topics to FAO staff in headquarters and the field, but also a way to align the Library collection and workflow to the SDGs.

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Databases
& e-journals*

Bibliographic
research

Elsevier*

Springer Nature
e-journals*

Springer Nature
e-books*

Africa Confidential

FAO Library catalog



The Focus collection
Access:Science Direct
Coverage (excel): 

Food security

Biomedical and Life
Science
 

African Research Online

Web of Science*
including EndNote

> 3,505 monographs
> 28 encyclopedia's
> 24 reference manuals

Climatic Change

Earth & Environmental
Science

EconLit

CAB Abstracts*
including:

Agronomy for Sustainable
Development

Business and Management

Economist Intelligence Unit

> Crop Protection 
Compendium

The Government edition
Access: Science Direct
Coverage (pdf):
> 2,285 journals

Tropical Animal Health
and Production

Economics and Finance

Nature

> Forestry 
Compendium

Regional Environmental
Change

Political Science and
International Studies

Nature Climate Change

> Aquaculture 
Compendium

Ambio

Social sciences

Oxford English Dictionary

> Animal Health & 
Production Compendium
 

 

Mitigation and Adaptation
Strategies for Global Change

Humanities, Social Science
& Law
 

Science

> Invasive Species 
Compendium

 

Agroforestry Systems

Yearbook of International
Organizations

> Plantwise 
Knowledge Bank

 

Environmental Management

OECD publications

> Horizon Scanning 
Tool

Agriculture and Human
Values

Journal Tables of Content*

Genetic Resources and
Crop Evolution

The International Journal
of Life Cycle Assessment

Nutrient Cycling in
Agroecosystems

Sustainability Science

Plant and Soil

Biodiversity and Conservation

Review of World Economics

Water Resources Management

Reviews in Fish Biology and
Fisheries

Human Ecology

Water, Air & Soil pollution

FAO Library
for You*

 

Bulletin

Current and historic digital and print resources related to a specific FAO/UN topic or event.

World Food Day
16 October

 

 

Newsletter

Monthly overview of newly added resources to the FAO library collections.

October

 

Write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org if you would like to be added to the mailing-list.

 

 

Cab Abstracts

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Contact

Publications and articles:
fao-library-loans@fao.org

Research support:
fao-library-reference@fao.org

 

 

The Story of the FAO Library

The book The Story of the FAO library (launched in 2017) researches the historic events that shaped the FAO Library.

The publication is available in Open Access in English and Italian and can be purchased contacting
publications-sales@fao.org