The Ambassador of Sweden, HE Sven-Olof Petersson, has donated an internationally significant eight-volume series, The Linnaeus Apostles - Global Science & Adventure, to the University.
Professor Margaret Harding, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian, officially accepted the donation, which will be added to the ANU Library collection, at a reception at the Swedish Embassy on Wednesday 23 October.
The eight-volume series, including eleven books and over 5,500 pages, documents the journeys of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and his apostles who travelled every continent between 1745-1799 documenting local nature and culture.
The University Library is honoured by the Swedish Embassy's wish for such a significant donation to be given to ANU, Ms Missingham said.
"The ANU Library is excited to stimulate new thinking and research, and provide exciting reading about cultures, landscapes, and people of a bygone era."
Linnaeus' research and his role as the father of modern taxonomy were recognised by the University in 2011 by naming the new Research School of Biology building the Linnaeus Building.
The Linnaeus Apostles - Global Science & Adventure series and other related items will be on display in the Hancock Library from 1 November. This exhibition is open to the public.