About the National Agricultural Library Digital Collections

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The National Agricultural Library Digital Collections (NALDC) offers an easy access to collection materials available in digital format. The NALDC offers rich searching, browsing and retrieval of digital materials and collections, and provides reliable, long-term online access to selected publications. NALDC includes historical publications, U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research, and more.

The scope of the NALDC includes the following:

  • Items published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and clearly intended for public consumption;
  • Scholarly and peer-reviewed research outcomes authored by USDA employees while working for USDA; and
  • Other items selected in accordance with the subjects identified in the NAL Collection Development Policy.

The NALDC does not function as a records management system or an "institutional repository," which would require NAL to capture the entire breadth of USDA employee and agency output. For more detailed information on collection policy please refer to the NALDC collection policy.