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Conception Bay South Mayor Woodrow French says his community will keep its public library. ((CBC))

The Mayor of Conception Bay South says his community will not lose its library despite an earlier letter from council saying  there won't be a library in the community's new town hall.

"We're still committed to a library, [We’ve] always been committed to a library," said Mayor Woodrow French.

"As a matter of fact, the town sustains this library that's there now — we provide the building, we provide the maintenance, we provide the heat and light, and the library board supplies the people that run it. There's no way, shape or form that we're going to leave the town of Conception Bay South without a library."

Original plans for a new town hall included a library, as well as arts space and a small gym, but French said there's no money for those items in the $14 million budget to build a new town hall.

He said the town is working with the province to find money for a new library.

The local library board said a letter from the town indicated the library would close.

French said the letter was either misinterpreted or poorly written. He said the current library will stay open until money is found to replace it.