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Accessing Library resources


The resources are best accessible through Google Chrome


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

FAO employees at headquarters

can check out non FAO printed monographs for 1 month and download the available digital documents either from a FAO computer in case the book was acquired, or from any non FAO computer in case the e-book was published as Open Access. More info about checking out books.

FAO employees in the field

can download the available Open Access digital documents from any non FAO computer. In case the e-book was acquired, staff in the field will have to access the FAO catalog and subsequently the e-book record through the Secure Access Gateway (SAG). In case this does not work, please send us the url of the record or its citation to fao-library-reference@fao.org and we will send you the digital publication within 1-2 days.

External Library visitors

can consult the printed material in-house and download the Open Access literature. More info about visiting the library.



1. Go to the Secure Access Gateway and Login with your FAO credentials. Remember to use Chrome as a browser
2. Paste the URL of the catalog, unfao.koha-ptfs.eu, in the Browse field and click "Browse" > You are now in the FAO catalog where you can download, when available, e-books.



To consult the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA) collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org.



Our current subscriptions include:

From Springer Nature e-journals (1997-2018)
Food Security
Climatic Change
Agronomy for Sustainable Development
Tropical Animal Health and Production
Regional Environmental Change
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
Agroforestry Systems
Environmental Management
Agriculture and Human Values
Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems
Sustainability Science
Plant and Soil
Biodiversity and Conservation
Review of World Economics
Water Resources Management
Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Human Ecology
Water, Air, & Soil pollution

From Springer Nature e-books (2016-2019)
Biomedical and Life Science
Earth & Environmental Science
Business and Management
Economics and Finance
Political Science and International Studies
Social Sciences
Humanities, Social Science & Law (2014-2015)

From Elsevier e-books (1995-2019)
The Focus collection which includes 3,500 monographs, 28 encyclopedia's and 24 encyclopedia's covering agricultural, biological, food and environmental sciences > see overview of titles (Excel file).

From Elsevier e-journals (1995-2019)
The Government edition which includes 2,285 journals.

Other e-journals
Nature Climate Change

In addition the Library provides perpetual access to e-journal packages from Elsevier, Wiley and Springer for the period 1995/7-2013/14.

Bibliographic databases
Africa Confidential: full-text
African Research Online: full-text
CAB Abstracts: database and partially full-text (access through OVID search interface)
EconLit: database (access through EBSCO interface. One simultaneous user)
Economist Intelligence Unit: full-text
Web of Science: database and partially full-text

Please remember that FAO employees can send the bibliographical reference of any article, including from e-journals we are not subscribed on, to fao-library-reference@fao.org and Library staff will send you the PDFs as soon as possible.

Oxford English Dictionary

FAO employees at headquarters

can access the above e-resources through - IP recognition - in FAO headquarters.

FAO employees in field offices

Depending of the resource, FAO employees should access Library resources as follows:

1. IP recognition - directly from your FAO computer

For almost all e-resources the IP addresses of the regional and country offices can be added as authorized users, except the Web of Science.

If you encounter any issues with your IP or if you want us to add the IP of your regional/country office, please contact the library at fao-library-reference@fao.org .
Please remember to send us your updated IP ranges as they get changed frequently.

2. FAO Security Gateway (SAG)

The bibliographic research platform web of Science needs to be accessed through the SAG:  

Web of Science

The Web of Science (WOS) only needs to be accessed the first time through the SAG in order to register and create an account. 
Please note that the SAG will give you 1 or 2 warning messages saying the URL is unauthorized, ignore and click on 'continue'. Once you get to the WoS homepage the visualization is bad (the problem is that the resources use a self generated certificate), therefore reload the page and the problem is resolved.
Once you have a WOS account, you are able to enter the platform for 6 months from any non FAO computer by logging in with your credentials.  

The best way to access Library resources through the SAG is to go to the FAO Intranet page, by default accessible through the SAG, and access the Library website through the Intranet 'Information resources' section, either accessible from the Intranet homepage in the right bottom corner or through the main menu.


If you encounter any issues with the SAG, please contact the library at fao-library-resources@fao.org and we will try to solve it as soon as possible



1. Go to the Secure Access Gateway and Login with your FAO credentials. Remember to use Chrome as a browser
2. Paste the URL of the resource you want to access in the Browse field and click "Browse" > You can now use the resource fully.