At the 1938 commencement exercises in June, the University officially dedicated Alderman Library. Dumas Malone, the director of Harvard University Press and the man chosen to write former University President Edwin A. Alderman’s biography, gave the keynote address. Malone praised Alderman for his tireless commitment to bringing a word-class library to UVA as an enduring resource for students and the public at large. 
- “Libraries in Europe that have been ‘purged’ may be for the moment temples of exclusive and barbaric cults, but libraries as we know them in America are cathedrals open to all faiths and dedicated to the God of truth,” declared Malone.
- Web. SIX MOMENTS IN UVA HISTORY, AS DOCUMENTED BY NEWLY EXPANDED DIGITAL ARCHIVE, UVA Today, THE RECTOR AND VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, June 23, 2016, retrieved Feb. 10, 2021.