A city's main library is to be rehoused while a £7.5m redevelopment scheme is carried out.
Winchester's Jewry Street library will close on 18 February and the services will be moved temporarily to Capital House, on Andover Road, on 20 March.
The Jewry Street building will undergo extensive refurbishment, and will also be extended into the car park. The work will be finished in summer 2007.
Archaeological assessment of the area around the library starts on 3 January.
A spokesman said the revamped building would "provide a greatly improved space for the lending library, as well as housing the city's reference library, replacing the service based in the North Walls building".
"The centre, which will have books and reading at its heart, will provide Winchester residents with the most modern library service in the county," he said.