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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.

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.

Search the FAO Library catalog
Search e-journals and e-books


Elsevier Life Sciences e-books collection*

The FAO Library signed an agreement with Elsevier e-books for one year.
FAO staff in headquarters and the field can now access around 950 e-books covering 2008-2018.

The titles are part of the "Agricultural and biological sciences" and the "Environmental sciences" collections and are accessible through the broader "Life Sciences" collection here.

FAO Library
for You*



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

16 October
World Food Day



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


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The story of the FAO Library

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the library the book The Story of the FAO library was launched in 2017. The book 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