January 28, 2022

Public Libraries: New $65 Million, 138,000-Square-Foot Slover Library Opens in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia

The new Slover Library opened today (Friday, January 9, 2014) in Norfolk, VA.

From The Virginian-Pilot:

[Hundreds gathered] in the 138,000-square-foot facility to help usher in a new era for the city. The $65 million library at 235 E. Plume St. includes a 3-D printer, 130 computers, a digital media lab, free Wi-Fi, video gaming lounge and large touch-screens that can be used to search historic photos.

It also houses the Sargeant Memorial Collection, documents and photographs used for historical and genealogical research.

There’s a bistro [it seats 52] and meeting space, comfy chairs and nooks for studying.

And, of course, there are books – more than 160,000 of them – along with other items that can be borrowed. The shelves even have digital displays to access the library catalog and visitors’ accounts.


More than 150 students from the city’s public schools toured the library while adults scrolled through photos on touch screens.

Parents oversaw their children climbing and crawling through openings on a padded gym on the second floor.

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Video From The Virginian-Pilot

Two Video Reports From WKTR

From Inside Biz (via Facebook)

From the Slover Library Foundation

Slover Library encompasses three buildings with 138,000 square feet of combined space: the renovated historic Seaboard building, a retrofitted Selden Arcade, and a modern new six-story addition that connects the Seaboard and the Selden with a three-story glass atrium and tower featuring custom ornamentation by sculptor/architect Kent Bloomer.

The library was designed by Newman Architects, of New Haven, CT, in association with Tymoff+Moss, of Norfolk, VA.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.