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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 1950 and merged with the library of the International Institute of Agriculture. To honor the founder of the IIA, the library was named the David Lubin Memorial Library in 1952. 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 library resources

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. Please use the E-journals search box to limit your search to e-journals.




NEW BOOKS - Every month the library adds new FAO and non-FAO publications to its collection! 

Guide d'identification des arbres du Mali

"The result of over ten years research in collaboration with Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Project. Over 300 woody plant species are described in the book, with accompanying keys, colour photographs, distribution maps and local names and uses."

Available in print in the FAO library.

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