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History of the Caldwell Library

The Caldwell Library was established as a reading room containing resources collected by the staff of the Demography Program. These were notably the publications of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Over the years the library has evolved into its current form with donations by staff and students and subscriptions to the major journals of the discipline.

On the 30th July 1998 the Demography Program Library was re-named the Caldwell Library in honour of the work of the former Head of the Demography Program, Professor John C. Caldwell.

At the beginning of 2008 Professor Caldwell donated his personal demographic collection to the library. This greatly enhanced the libraries collection in many areasand particularly on HIV and AIDS.

In the second half of 2010 the library moved to the ground floor of the Coombs Building to a room with shelving designed to hold the collection. The new library was officially opened on 16 December 2010 by Professor Gavin Jones, a former Head of Demography at ANU. At this event Professor Jack Caldwell was honoured for his long and distinguished career in demography and his contributions to Demography at ANU.

The library currently holds over 1,000 books, 170 conference and meeting collections, 500 United Nations publications, Australian Census collections dating back to the early musters in the 1800s, selected Australian Bureau of Statistics publications, and statistical collections from many countries of Asia, Africa and the Pacific.




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Professor John C. Caldwell after whom the library is named.