Birmingham's Conservatives say they would keep the Library of Birmingham open seven days a week and scrap the £35-a-year 'garden tax' in their alternative council budget.
The main opposition party has highlighted libraries and bins as priorities for funding ahead of Birmingham City Council's annual budget meeting on March 3.
The Labour-run council announced earlier this month that opening hours at the landmark library would be cut from 73 per week to 40 - including all-day closing on Sunday - as part of a package of £1.3 million cuts, including about 90 redundancies, to the library's £10 million-a-year running costs.
The Tories also said they would keep all 39 community libraries open at a time when the council was believed to be considering cutting at least four and restore free garden waste collections to every household - something cut by the Labour authority last year to save £2.5 million.
Tory leader Robert Alden said: "We think it is vital services like our local libraries that offer a variety of help to local residents are protected.
"We will be putting our library rescue plan to the council which will preserve the opening hours at our central and suburban libraries.
"In addition, we will also be again showing how the council could help hard-working families by scrapping the garden tax which at the same time would help increase the city's recycling rates which have gone backwards in the last three years since Labour took control."
Political observers in Birmingham last year credited the introduction of the green waste charge for a poor performance by Labour in the local elections in which they lost two seats to Tories and failed to make target gains from the Lib Dems.
Birmingham's Labour MPs have also privately urged the Labour council to scrap the charge in this general election year but the council leadership insists it cannot afford to run the service free.
The proposed cuts to the new library, so soon after its opening in September 2013, has also proved a controversial part of the budget, sparking petitions and protests.
The Labour council responded to the consultation by reinstating £200,000 into the library budget.
Coun Alden has said the party's reversal of cuts would be, in part, covered by back office efficiencies.
Councillors are set to meet on Tuesday to debate and vote on the annual budget. The controlling Labour group's proposals, which are set to be approved, include a council tax increase of 1.99 per cent and a package of £113 million cuts - although some were agreed last year, leaving £69 million of fresh cuts.
The package includes a £19 million increase in funding to the crisis-hit child protection service.
Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said: "The Government cuts that are being handed down to us mean we now really have reached the end of local government as we know it.
"We'll work closely with our communities and partners but things will undoubtedly need to be significantly reshaped in the years ahead."