Farewell to popular ‘face’ of libraries

Mike Spick
Mike Spick
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AFTER 35 years of working in libraries across Sheffield, historian, librarian and archivist Mike Spick is giving up his books.

The 57-year-old, who is retiring tomorrow, has a CV that reads like a complete list of the city’s libraries.

Mike Spick

Mike Spick

He started work aged 22 in the lending service at the Central Library on Surrey Street, before moving to Handsworth.

Southey, Parson Cross and Lane Top followed, and then a series of libraries in Darnall, before he did a stint out in Stocksbridge.

Mike moved into the archives and local studies section 18 years ago, where he became an expert on the city’s history.

Now, as development, outreach and education officer at Surrey Street, Mike is tidying up his shelves and switching off his microform machine, as he prepares for retirement.

“I will really miss it,” he said. I’ve worked here for a long time and I have enjoyed coming to work every day.

Of course the British public are demanding but we expect that. Without the public this place would be nothing.

“I have just been a custodian for the years I have been here. It’s been my turn to look after the documents and collections – now someone else will take it over.”

Archives and local studies manager Peter Evans said: “Mike is extremely popular amongst colleagues and customers.

“He is seen by many as the face of the local studies and archives service so we are very sad to say goodbye to him after three decades of devoted service.

“He takes with him a huge amount of knowledge about the history of Sheffield which will be difficult to replace.

“His knowledge and sense of humour will be much missed, though we expect to see him as a customer in the not-too-distant future.”