Detailed images and a "digital flythrough" of the £50 million renovation due to start at Liverpool Central Library next summer have gone on show to the public.
The massive overhaul will salvage the leaking roof of the Grade II-listed building and save damp-damaged corners dating back 160 years, replacing sections built following bomb damage in World War II with gleaming new facilities, increased space and a new home for the Liverpool Record Office, housing a 14km-archive.
The exhibition of the plans is part of the consultation process agreed by the City Council and management company Inspire Partnership, who were only appointed six weeks ago.
The plans include a new entrance to the main library, a "literary pavement" and improved access routes throughout the five-floor building
“This is one of the UK’s most celebrated public libraries and we want the public to be at our side every step of the way in making it one of the best,” said Council leader Warren Bradley.
“The scale of this project means we will have to relocate and in some cases temporarily close some services, and it is important our users help us to make this transition as smooth as possible.’’
Staff have carried out the lengthiest review of the resident collections in 40 years ahead of a planned ransack in the New Year to move stock into makeshift accommodation.
A 24-hour "on-street" book service will allow the public to swap titles whenever the literary itch strikes
The renovation is expected to begin in the Summer, and will open the Hornby Library and Oak Reading Rooms for the first time.
A new main entrance, storage space, access routes, a rooftop atrium and improved IT provisions also feature in the redevelopment.