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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 many full-text digital resources like for example EIU, EconLit and Elsevier e-books (all resources are listed in the last section of the homepage) and 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.



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*



Digital and print resources related to a specific FAO/UN topic or event.

16-20 July: COFO24



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


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FAO treasures on display

From the Historic Serials Collection

To contribute to the World Oceans Day we showcase this month some of the scientific articles that made an important contribution to the research in the field of marine litter, specifically plastics, covering the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s.

In 2004 Thompson et al. show in an article in Science that microscopic plastic fragments are omnipresent marine pollutants. This research together with the discovery of the mid-ocean garbage patches is largely responsible for the renewal of interest in the marine litter problem.  


Click on cover to access the full-text.

For more information on the FAO library collections, consult the book The story of the FAO Library.


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