The public library in Torbay is slated to close at the end of March, the Torbay Public Library Board says.

In order for the library to stay in its leased space, it will need funding, the board said in a post to its Facebook page. 

"Torbay Public Library Board was informed at a meeting last night (Monday) that the Department of Education would not be providing the funds to continue the lease of the library in its current space," the post said.

The post urged patrons to contact Cape St. Francis MHA Kevin Parsons and Education Minister Dale Kirby to voice their concerns.

"This is going to be such a huge loss to our community. Please help keep the library open."

The library moved from the town hall to a newer building, a near a Pharmachoice on Torbay Road, last year.

Growing deficit cited

According to a statement from the Department of Education, the library had been operating free-of-charge in the Town of Torbay building for 40 years.

In late 2014, the town told the library board that it needed the space for other purposes. 

"The current library has been operating in a temporarily leased location while the board sought alternatives for a more permanent space," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"The board, over the past year, has looked for low-cost or free alternatives to continue operating the library in Torbay, but [has] been unsuccessful."

The spokesperson said the department is not "prepared to provide additional funding," given the growing deficit facing the Newfoundland and Labrador government. 

Residents who use the library will be asked to use the Marjorie Mews Public Library in St. John's.