South Tyneside Council's Planning Committee will next week consider an application for an iconic new building which would form the first phase of a £100m masterplan.
The Committee is due to deliver its decision about a proposed Central Library and Digital Media Centre in South Shields town centre on Monday.
The building, which would be built on Ferry Street, on the Riverside, as well as improvements to the adjacent Market Place, is a key component of the South Shields 365 regeneration plans.
A new 40 space car park would also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the work.
The application, which was submitted in June, will be heard following a long period of public consultation about the proposals. If approved, work is scheduled to begin on site early in the New Year.
To view the planning reports, visit http://www.southtyneside.info/article/9015/Search-planning-applications and search under reference numbers ST/0651/14/LAA and St/0649/14/LAA.