Dedicating the Weinstein Library

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In June of 2019, staff from the UVA Library and other areas of the University gathered with members and friends of the Weinstein family to honor Stanley and Lucie Weinstein and officially dedicate the Stanley and Lucie Weinstein Buddhist and Asian Studies Library. The University had previously received a bequest from the Weinstein estate of nearly 11,000 volumes, making the UVA Library one of the major holders of Buddhist materials in the country.

Guests met in the new Weinstein Library space (formerly the Asian Studies Room) to remember the couple and their lifelong passion for East Asian religion, culture, and art. The Weinstein Library was dedicated with the unveiling of a plaque engraved with thanks to the Weinsteins and a description of the collection, as well as their kaimyo — honorary posthumous Buddhist names, given to them by monks at Komazawa University in Tokyo.

As University Librarian John Unsworth noted in his remarks, “Great professors give to their students and to their field of study. The Weinsteins have gone a step further and left us a legacy that will benefit scholars long into the future.”

People examining books displayed on a table.

Attendees examine materials on display during the dedication of the Stanley and Lucie Weinstein Buddhist and Asian Studies Library. Photo by Amber Lautigar Reichert.

University Librarian John Unsworth before an audience of attendees, with the collection behind glassed-in book shelves in the background, views a plaque on an easel.

University Librarian John Unsworth looks on at the unveiling of a plaque dedicating the Weinstein Library which features the collection the Weinsteins built over more than 60 years. Photo by Amber Lautigar Reichert.

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