THIS is the first picture of what the £7m super-library will look like in Winchester.

Now people are being offered the chance to give their feedback on the plans for the cultural centre.

It would provide a landmark lending and reference library, an exhibition space, art gallery, lecture hall, education rooms, space for IT and a caf.

The architects' plans and a model will be on display in the library from November 18 until December 11.

The exciting new centre will comprise the existing library building, which will undergo extensive refurbishment, and an extension both to the rear and the Theatre Royal-facing side of the building. The county and its partner the City Council believe the two-storey extension will greatly increase the number of people using it. Feedback from the public will influence the layout of the main open plan areas on both the ground and first floors.

County council leader Ken Thornber, said: "I am very pleased to see this project moving on to the next stage. We look forward to hearing the views of people of all ages on our plans to make library, learning and cultural services appealing and accessible for all."

Sheila Campbell, leader of Winchester City Council, said: "We are delighted by the drawings we have seen so far.

"They make excellent use of the space and give due prominence to the fine library building which is rightly much admired."

A planning application is expected later this month.