8/20/2014 UPDATE: A tweet from the City of Norfolk says the Slover Library is on schedule to open in January 2015.
Earlier this week, Harry Lester, the former president of Eastern Virginia Medical School, was elected the library's president.
11/8 UPDATE: The City topped off the new Slover library in a Friday morning ceremony. The library is scheduled to be open in December 2014.
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NORFOLK -- Ground was broken Thursday for Norfolk's new Main Library.
The Colonel Samuel L. Slover Memorial Library will be a combination of historic and contemporary architecture, combining the old Seaboard building and new construction to create an impressive structure.
The Seaboard will get a complete renovation while a new structure will link it to the Seldon Arcade.
"We're unbelievably excited about this one because there's a confluence of very caring people here in Norfolk," said Herb Newman of Newman Architects.
The $65 million project is the result of a $40 million donation from the Batten family.
Hampton Roads citizens raised an additional $4 million, and the city added $20 to complete the funding.
It will be a state of the art library blending history with modern technology.
"We are getting something called a digital creativity lab where you can work with all sorts of projects with equipment that you may not have at home it may be a little bit more costly," said David Sullivan, Norfolk's director of technology.
Construction is scheduled to start in the summer and the library should open late 2014.