National Historical Library of Agriculture

catalogo alfabetico
Alphabetic catalogue manuscript

The National Historical Library of Agriculture from 1848, the year in which the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce began, had the difficult job in harmonizing the diverse administrative systems of the States annexed to the House of Savoia. Particular consideration was given to the collection of works and publications which came from the scientific technical and legal areas linked with the agricultural world. In this way, the basis for the constitution of the Library, were created and from which then followed the various events of the Ministry. In 1871 a new site was found in Rome, inside the "Palazzo della Stamperia".
Thanks to academics and cultured people among Ministries and administrators, it was opened up to outside researchers and notably enriched its bibliographic collection. In 1913 the present site came to be finally established in the "Palazzo dell'Agricoltura" in via XX Settembre.
The Library's collection is specialized but not exclusive because it offers a social, judicial and also literary vision of the agricultural world.


The subject catalogue includes the following principal categories: 
- Encyclopedia and Polygraphics
- Philosophical and didactics sciences
- Economic and social sciences
- History and Geography
- Literature
- Agricultural sciences and Industries
The Library has also got a precious historical collection of photos, maps and geographical charts. At the present time, the Library is part of the National Library System (SBN) and is connected to the Public State Libraries of Rome.



From November 15th 2021 the National Historical Library of Agriculture is open again upon reservation.
The library will be closed to the public for inventory from August 1st  to 31st


Headmistress: Anna Rita Roccaldo

Access to the public for consultations
from monday to friday, 9.00-14.00
summer closure from 1 st to 31st August

Tel: 06.4665.2407
Tel: 06.4665.2414
Tel: 06.4665.2432


Staff of the library

Giuseppe Funaro
Domenico Loddi
Luana Mastrogiovanni
Chiara Mercogliano
Giorgio Rubini
Carla Spigarelli


National reference regulations

Constitution Art. 9

The Republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research.
It preserves the landscape historical and artistic heritage of the Nation.


UNESCO: from the Manifesto on state public libraries


United Nations Educational science and cultural organization "UNESCO" produced a Manifesto which was formally approved in November 1994, in the course of Intergovernmental Council of the Unesco Program for general information. It supports public libraries and actively engages in their development and affirms that:


are fundamental human values that imply the capacity of citizens to exercise their democratic rights playing an active role in society. The Public Library is the local information centre which makes available for its visitors every kind of knowledge and information.
It represents an essential condition for permanent learning, the independence of decisions and the cultural development of individuals and social groups. 

THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES: are furnished on the basic principal of equal access for everyone. They have to be made available also to the visitors who don't have the possibility of using ordinary materials and services.
THE MATERIALS: they have to reflect the present orientations and society evolution; they have to be suitable to the different needs of the rural and urban communities.
THE GOALS OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE: information, alphabetization, education and culture.


UNESCO: definition of public library

"A public library is a structure established, supported and financed by the community, both at local-regional-national governmental level and through other forms of community organization. It gives access to the knowledge, informations and talent works by several resources and services and it is available to all community members without discriminations for ratial, nationality, gender, religion, language, handicaps, economic, working, educational reasons (IFLA/UNESCO, 2001). Main goal of a library is to offer resources and services for the diffusion, storage and conservation of each kind of culture and expression, in spite of their source and localization. In this category are also included the documentation centres.".

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