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The Library's digital resources are listed here below and include among others the 'Big four' most prominent publishers in science: Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley and Taylor & Francis, but also JSTOR (one of the most popular digital libraries of scholarly journals in the academic world) and bibliographic databases like the Web of Science and CAB Abstracts, and many more.

How to access?

FAO headquarters & field offices
You can access the resources directly from your FAO desktop (through IP recognition) by clicking on the individual resources listed below or by searching the FAO Library Discovery search interface*, a single search interface to browse the Library's extensive online and print collections. Note that the 'A-Z titles' menu item in the main menu of the mentioned discovery interface will take you to a specific section where you can limit your search to the subscribed e-journals and e-books titles.

Log in to the Secure Access Gateway (SAG)**. Once logged in you have various access options:
1. Copy and paste the url of the article or book directly in the SAG's browse box.
2. Go to this page and click on one of the publisher's search platforms listed below.
3. Visit the FAO Library Discovery interface* to search across all the library's digital (and print) collections on all bibliographic levels, including article and chapter titles.

*Login with the credentials faoguest/pw:@FAOlibrary123 when requested to visualize some otherwise hidden content

** Note regarding the SAG: The below listed resources may behave differently for different users depending on the nature of your connection and equipment at home. Library staff is working with CIO to ensure smooth access through the SAG during this period of teleworking, and are working on a permament solution. If you encounter any issues, please contact us at [email protected]. Many thanks for your patience.



CAB e-books collection (2011-2024)
Includes: Agriculture, animal & veterinary, Environmental science, Human health & nutrition, Leisure & tourism, and Plant science (589 titles)
Access: CAB e-books



The Focus collection(1995-2024)
Includes 3,500 monographs, 28 encyclopedia's and 24 encyclopedia's covering agricultural, biological, food and environmental sciences (title list)
Access: Science Direct


The Government edition (1995-2024)
Includes 2,285 journals (title list)
Access: Science Direct



e-journals & reports

5 collections (no. 1 -)
Includes: Arts & Sciences I, Business I, Business II, Life sciences, and Sustainability
(504 titles & 5,400 research reports: title lists)
Access: JSTOR




4 titles (1997-2024)
Nature Climate Change 
Nature Food 
Nature Sustainability 




1 collection (2015 - )
Includes the Environment & Agriculture collection (title list)
Access: Taylor & Francis

Please note that this search platform does not work properly through the SAG. To obtain books from T&F, kindly write us at [email protected] and we will download the publications for you.


4 collections (no.1 -)
Includes: Earth sciences, Environment & Agriculture, Bioscience, Food science & technology (204 titles: list)
Access: Taylor & Francis



The UBCM frontlist collection (2016-2024)
(4,858 titles: list)
Access: Wiley 


The Custom Collection (1997-2024)
Includes: Agriculture, aquaculture & food science; Earth, space & environmental science; Social & behavioral science (332 titles: list)
Access: Wiley 


Africa Confidential
The Chicago Manual of Style
Economist (Note that you have to create an account in order to access digital articles)
Oxford English Dictionary
Yearbook of International Organizations

OECD publications: The Library cannot provide you with direct access unfortunately. To obtain a PDF, please write us as [email protected]


Research Online

Access: FAO staff


CAB Abstracts

English-language bibliographic and abstract database covering the applied life sciences includes agriculture, environment, veterinary sciences, applied economics, food science and nutrition.
Access: FAO staff
Full-text: partially (depending of FAO agreement with publisher)



Bibliographic database 
Access: FAO staff (through EDS interface)
Full-text: no


Economist Intelligence Unit

Access: FAO staff
Full-text: yes


Online FAO Library Catalog

FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection.
Access: public
Full-text: partially (depending of FAO agreement with publisher)


Web of Science

The world’s largest abstract and citation platform of leading peer-reviewed international and regional scientific literature (published serially) in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities
Access: FAO staff
Full-text: partially (depending of FAO agreement with publisher)