Welcome to the David Lubin Memorial Library


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The FAO Library is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus emergency, but Library staff will continue to work remotely to provide you with bibliographic research support. Contact us at fao-library-reference@fao.org
*FAO staff: For guidance on how to access digital resources from home, please go to: Accessing Library resources


Publishers and libraries make content freely available during Covid-19 crisis

Peer-reviewed research continues to be a trusted guide during times of uncertainty. In response to the challenges created by the Covid-19 public health crisis, many publishers and libraries are making scholarly content temporarily available for free on their platforms. For an overview of participating publishers, please go here.


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FAO Library collections

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 International Institute of Agriculture collection and non-FAO publications older than 1976, please write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org

Digital resources

FAO staff can access full-text journal articles and book chapters coming from major publishers by searching the Library's A-Z digital resources search platform. For a detailed overview of available resources please go here


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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.

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

April 2020



The Story of the FAO Library

The book The Story of the FAO library (2017) researches the historic events that shaped the FAO Library.

The publication is available in Open Access in English and Italian.



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