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The FAO Library was initiated upon the foundation of the Organization in 1945 in Washington, D.C.

It was moved to the new FAO headquarters in Rome in 1951 and merged with the library of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA). On 10 June 1952, the Library was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library "in honour of the man whose ideas and energy had led to the creation of the IIA". Today the Library contains over 1 million FAO and non FAO documents, special and digital collections, on all FAO topics, sustaining FAO as a knowledge organization.

Explore the FAO Library Catalog

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.


Access to Springer Nature e-books

Agreement: July - December 2017

The FAO Library signed a 6 months agreement with Springer Nature e-books, one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers.
FAO staff (in headquarters and the field) can now access the following collections:

Biomedical and Life Science 2016 and 2017 
Earth and Environmental Science 2016 and 2017    
Business and Management 2016 and 2017      
Economics and Finance 2016 and 2017      
Political Science and International Studies 2016 and 2017

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