South Norfolk Civic League President Kevin Amick said council voted 9-0 to buy the Gateway property, but they have not decided what will go into that building.
The building will be bought using general funds, and not the Tax Increment Financing money council originally considered.
Council says putting the library into the Gateway building is still an option.
Buying the building using general funds will give council 30 more days to figure out what will go into the 17,000 square foot building.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.