The Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown is in early talks with the P.E.I. government about the future of the provincial library in the complex.

The centre says it needs more room for arts programming, and believes the space currently leased by the provincial library may be part of the solution. Officials tell CBC News the centre has grown and currently rents space in several different locations.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts has been home to a library for nearly 50 years.

The province confirms that it is in early talks with the Confederation Centre, but says there's nothing on paper yet. The province staffs and runs the library, and leases the space at a cost of $178,000 a year.

One former provincial librarian is against moving the library.

Don Scott said it draws large numbers of people to the centre year round, and is a boost to the downtown economy. Scott wants the Confederation Centre to hold public consultations before making decisions on the future of the library.