The building that housed the recently-closed Bonsai Museum, near Marbella's old town, is to be home to the town's new public library.
The town hall has put out to tender the contracts to draw up plans and to carry out the works, with a total budget of two million euros.
The renovation of the existing site is expected to be ready in 2020 and will include space for cultural use by local residents, as well as the library itself. As it will have official "central library" status, it will need to have at least 15,000 books, lending services, children's section and a community information area.
In total it will cover 1,600 square metres, with around half the space dedicated to the library.
The privately-owned bonsai collection left the building earlier this autumn when its contract wasn't renewed. It has been several years since Marbella had a main library after the previous one in the basement of the town's main market was closed after water damage.
EU development funds
Half of the funds for the new library will come from EU money. On Tuesday it was confirmed that the council had won its bid for 15 million euros of EU development cash to be spent on local projects up to the end of 2023. The council will put in an extra 20 per cent of its own money.
Eight million euros of it will be spent in next year's budget. This will include 481,000 euros on a survey of how to spend the money and its publicity campaign, 750,000 for three 'green' buses, 14,000 for a drone to survey the streets and 75,000 for tablet computers for the Local Police.