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To help protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, The National Agricultural Library (NAL) will be temporarily closed to the public starting Sunday, March 15th until further notice.

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USDA continues to closely monitor the situation. We will update the operating status of NAL public facilities on our website when it changes.

National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is one of five national libraries of the United States.  It houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences.

The Library relaunches Ag Data Commons

The National Agricultural Library’s Ag Data Commons features updates to its look, feel, and function.

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Online Resources


Search citations from two agricultural science databases: indexed journal articles and the NAL catalog.


Find full-text articles and citations to peer-reviewed journal articles in the agricultural sciences.

Ag Data Commons

Access open data relevant to agricultural research.

Digital Collections

Explore NAL collection materials available in digital format.

NAL Thesaurus

Browse an online vocabulary tool of agricultural terms in English and Spanish.

Invasive Species

Learn about invasive species that threaten the United States.

Uncover reliable resources on food, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety.

LCA Commons

Find Federal life cycle assessment data, research, and information systems.

Staff Picks

NAL's Internet Archive Collection

Find digitized materials from NAL's collections including seed trade catalogs, USDA agency publications, and special agricultural topics. 


Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection

Learn about the the Animal Welfare Act. View an interactive timeline of events in animal welfare history.  Browse full text legislative and regulatory documents related to the Act.

Housing in Rural America: A National Agricultural Library Digital Exhibit

Explore a historical collection of housing photos, plans, programs, policies, and trends in rural America. Selected items come from NAL collections.