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University boosted by huge books donation

2 August 2011

Students at Glyndŵr University will have access to a new collection of 30,000 books following a donation from an American academic.

The books, owned by American-born academic Leonard Goldstein, span topics including literature, history, social science, art history, cultural studies, political science and science.

They will be housed at the university’s Wrexham campus and known as the Leonard and Marilou Goldstein Library.

The gift came about through discussions between Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, and Professor John Drakakis, Professor of English at the University of Stirling, who has been acting on Leonard Goldstein’s behalf.

Professor Scott said: “Professor Drakakis, who is from Wales, mentioned to me at an International Shakespearian Conference that Dr Goldstein wished to donate the library to a new university which has a widening participation agenda and high ambitions for all its students. This fits perfectly with the ethos of Glyndŵr University so I expressed our interest in receiving them.

“Dr Goldstein later deemed that we were the university that he wanted to support and we’re very grateful to him.”

Dr Goldstein was a leading twentieth century intellectual, with a record of war service in Japan who in the 1950s was expelled from the United States under the McCarthy hearings into left wing sympathisers.

The first 1000 books, which include some first editions, will be delivered to the university imminently.

Professor Scott added: “I visited the Library with our own librarian, Paul Jeorrett, and we were both amazed at the condition and scope of the works. It is truly a remarkable gift for which Glyndŵr University’s governors are very grateful.”

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