Bideford Library could soon be moving to the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, it was revealed at a meeting last night.
The news was announced at a Bideford Town Council meeting by Miranda Clarke from the museum and art gallery.
She said: “Devon County Council have been looking for some time to upgrade the library and they realised it was worth investigating the Burton.
“There would be a number of positives including an opportunity to modernise and expand the Burton building.
“There are considerations to take into account like the expansion encroaching on the park but we would hopefully integrate the two of them.”
The library is currently housed next to the town hall by the long bridge while the Burton is in Victoria Park.
Miranda added there had been discussions with the leadership team at Torridge District Council, which owns the Burton, and she said the feedback from everyone consulted had been positive.
Councillor Phil Pester said at the meeting: “I think it is a wonderful idea.”
Councillor Mervyn Langmead added: “Will there be job creation or losses?”
Miranda confirmed the next step will be to contact the Arts Council to carry out a feasibility study on the project which would answer questions like employment changes.
Councillor Tony Inch asked if the collaboration of the library and the Burton would make the museum and art gallery cheaper to run.
Miranda confirmed the partnership working could bring costs down.
Councillor Peter Christie said: “I have got really excited by it, we would be stupid to think about saying no.
“The idea is that the two places would feed off each other and there is a car park right there to help with parking for the library.”
Councillor Simon Inch, the Mayor of Bideford, added: “As the council has said it is very exciting and I will look to the future.”