A special climate controlled area contains rare agricultural books that are stored at the U.S. National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD on August 22, 2008. NAL is one of the world's largest agricultural research libraries, and serves as a national library of the U.S. and as the library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The library is one of four national libraries of the U.S. (along with the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Library of Education). It is also the coordinator for the Agriculture Network Information Center, a national network of state land-grant institutions and coordinator for USDA field libraries. NAL was established on May 15, 1862, by the signing of the Organic Act by Abraham Lincoln. It served as a departmental library until 1962, when the Secretary of Agriculture officially designated it as the National Agricultural Library. USDA photo Alice Welch.
April 28, 2014
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