For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
Lori Crowe, Public Relations Coordinator
757-664-7328 x340; firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk Main Library Collections and Services to Remain Accessible
During Construction of Slover Main Library
Norfolk, VA (May 19, 2011). Plans are now underway for Norfolk’s new Main Library.
With the generous donation of $20 million dollars from Frank Batten Sr. in October
2008, the City of Norfolk is able to build a new main library complex sooner than
originally planned. In keeping with Mr. Batten’s wishes, the new library will be named
in honor of his uncle, Colonel Samuel L. Slover, who was a former Norfolk Mayor, and
founder of Landmark Communications.
On January 25, 2011, Mayor Paul Fraim announced that the Batten Foundation has
generously increased the Batten gift by an additional $20 million, in the form of a
“challenge grant”. Under the terms of the challenge grant, the Batten Foundation’s full
match will be achieved provided that a minimum of $4 million of additional contributions
and pledges are raised by the newly formed Slover Library Foundation from private
entities or individuals.
With the combined Batten donation of $40 million, the money raised by the Slover
Library Foundation, and the City of Norfolk’s previously announced $20 million
contribution, it is estimated that the construction costs will be covered. Any additional
funds raised, but not needed for construction, will be put into a technology endowment to
help sustain technological needs and advancements for the new Library.
Now in the final stages of the building design and planning phase, it is anticipated that
ground breaking for the Slover Main Library will begin in early 2012, and that the new
library will be completed approximately 18 months later, in late fall 2013. In order to
maintain a safe environment during construction for the public and library staff, the
current interim main library, Norfolk Main Library, will be closed during the construction
of Slover Main Library.
Norfolk Main Library collections will be redistributed to Norfolk’s 10 neighborhood
branches, the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, and the Library Service Center.
The Sargeant Memorial Local History and Genealogy Collection will also relocate
temporarily to the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library at 111 West Ocean View Avenue.
While Norfolk Main Library is closed, the public will find that many of Norfolk Main
Library’s services are also available at the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library. Customers
will have access to books, computers, KidZone and Children’s Library, and the Sargeant
Memorial Local History and Genealogy Collection at Pretlow Anchor Branch Library. A
large number of Norfolk Main Library’s books will also be available at Pretlow Anchor
Branch. There is ample parking at Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, and the library is
open 7 days a week. The hours are Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday
and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
During the closure of the main library, residents of downtown Norfolk who utilized
Norfolk Main Library as their neighborhood branch will have several ways to receive
library services. Library materials will be available for pick-up and return in the Selden
Arcade at the City of Norfolk’s Gift Shop. There will also be two Bookmobile stops
scheduled in downtown Norfolk, and there are 3 neighborhood branches in close
proximity to downtown that residents can go to: Van Wyck Branch Library (1368
DeBree Ave.), Jordan-Newby Branch Library (961 Park Ave.), and Blyden Branch
Library (879 Princess Anne Rd.).
The library staff at Norfolk Main Library has been busy since January 2011 with moving
library materials to the Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, the 10 branch libraries, and the
Library Service Center so that when Norfolk Main Library closes, the collection will be
With the distribution of Norfolk Main Library’s materials and services to the Pretlow
Anchor Branch Library and the neighborhood branches, the citizens of Norfolk will
continue to have access to the Main Library’s unique collection and its services during
the construction of the Slover Main Library.
For more information about the Slover Main Library project, please call Norman Maas,
Library Director, at 441-5910.