A library will close its doors for the last time today.

After debating the future of the mobile library for more than a year, Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to stop funding the service in January.

This was despite thousands of people signing petitions to save it.

The last stop off for the much- loved service, which is used by more than 800 individuals a year, will be at the Peace Statue in the seafront at 2.30pm today.

Library campaigner Harry Spillman said the location was apt.

He said: “The Peace Statue represents something progressive which unites both towns.

“It’s a very sad day for Brighton and Hove as for the first time ever, a library has been shut down by the council.”

The service will be replaced by a personalised door-to-door delivery service.

A council spokeswoman said: “This decision was taken in light of overall budget pressures and in response to the concerns raised about people who are unable or have difficulty in getting to their local library.

“The alternative home delivery service will be for anyone who, through reasons including disability, illness and limited mobility, is unable to get to a library in person.”

For more details visit citylibraries.info or call 01273 290800.