A listed building suggested as a suitable location for half of Birmingham's new civic library may become a temporary home to the city council's Olympic Games task force.
Officials hired to promote Birmingham in the run-up to the 2012 London games could be moving in to 301 Broad Street, formerly the Municipal Bank.
A public exhibition on the Olympics would take pride of place in the banking hall.
Ken Hardeman, cabinet member for regeneration, said the idea was under consideration as a short-term use for the building.
Last month, the council revealed it was looking at the possibility of placing the archive and family history section of the new library at 301 Broad Street. The lending and reference section will be nearby in a new building off Centenary Square.
Coun Hardeman (Con Brandwood) stressed that no decision had been taken about a site for the archives.
"It will be some years before we decide what to do with 301 Broad Street. In the meantime, our events people have suggested we could come to an arrangement where they could have use of the building for a couple of years.
"It is something that is being talked about. It is an aspirational use for what is an impressive building tempo-rarily as a focus on the Olympics.
"What I have said is that this needs to be looked at in terms of a business proposal. If it was economically viable, it would be a short-term thing," Coun Hardeman said.
Ian Ward, deputy leader of the council opposition Labour group, said the idea meant there would be further delays in the provision of a new library.
Coun Ward (Lab Shard End) added: "All of this uncertainty about the library is very unhelpful. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition running the council can't seem to see that it is in the best interests of service users to have the new library on one site.
"As far as we know there is no progress on how the two libraries proposed are to be funded, what the buildings will look like and how much they will cost. Apart from that, everything is fine." ..SUPL: