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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.

Digital resources

FAO staff has access to a number of digital resources like EIU, EconLit and some important bibliographic databases like the Web of Science and CAB Abstracts. For an overview of online journals please browse the FAO Journal Finder.

Explore the catalog

Search the public 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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