A planning application is due to be lodged for a new €10m international literary centre in the heart of Dublin.
The Ulysses Centre, which is a partnership between UCD and the National Library of Ireland, is due to open at Newman House on St Stephen's Green in 2018.
The new centre will include a permanent exhibition space in the currently unused Aula Maxima, originally the university's main hall.
The project will celebrate the Irish literary tradition, with a particular focus on James Joyce, who was a student at UCD.
Architects Scott Tallon Walker have produced a design for linking the Aula Maxima to the other Newman House buildings to improve access.
Failte Ireland has provided a €2.5m grant towards funding the centre, with a "substantial" philanthropic donation coming from Martin and Carmel Naughton.
UCD says the Ulysses Centre will be a "rich resource for visitors to Dublin who will enjoy immersing themselves in a wonderful literary experience".