A new library described as "fit for the 21st century" is opening to the public on Thursday in Brighton.
Children tell tales inspired by the library's Wall of 1,000 Stories
Jubilee Library, which boasts it is one of the greenest buildings in Britain, uses the sun's energy for heating and sea breezes for ventilation.
The Jubilee Street building is the centrepiece of a £60m city square regeneration scheme which Brighton and Hove Council hopes will boost trade.
The library also houses the city's collection of 45,000 rare books.
They include Captain Cook's travel log hand-written during his voyages around the Pacific and the Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the most valuable early books in the world.
Three new artworks have also been commissioned.
One, by ceramacist Kate Malone, called the Wall of 1,000 Stories, is designed to inspire children's story telling with 100 ceramic wall plaques.
It was tested out by children from Middle Street Primary School in Brighton when they had a sneak preview of the new library.
"The children picked an igloo, a paintbrush and a cat and we immediately started a story," said Ms Malone, who travelled from France especially for the occasion.
Derelict car park
Some local traders fear private landlords might use the regeneration scheme as an excuse to put up rents but the city council believes it will be good news for businesses.
"This is a very vital regeneration project," said deputy council leader Sue John.
"The place had been a derelict car park for many years.
"There is new retail coming into the area and a new boutique hotel.
"It is going to generate a lot of interest and a lot more customers."