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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.

Discover Food Safety Research

The Library's Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) makes it easy for you to find and track current food safety research.

Search the Research Projects Database

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

Organic Roots Digital Collection

Interested in sustainable agriculture? Explore a collection of historic USDA documents published before 1942 containing information that could still be pertinent to today's farmers. 

NAL Special Collections

Find unique stories and artifacts in collections of rare books, manuscripts collections, historical photographs and posters, and more.

Apron Strings and Kitchen Sinks: A National Agricultural Library Digital Exhibit

Explore publications on the history of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Home Economics.