Chapter closes after 32 years

Cultural services advisor Linda Oliver who is retiring from Stamford Library after 32 years
Cultural services advisor Linda Oliver who is retiring from Stamford Library after 32 years
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A woman who is part of the furniture at a public library is retiring after three decades of serving readers in
 a town.

Linda Oliver, who is 70 today, has retired from her work at Stamford Library in High Street, after 32 years of helping readers.

The cultural service advisor Linda said her favourite thing about the job has been meeting people and socialising.

Linda said: “I really like my job, working with all my colleagues and getting to know the readers.

“We have some really nice readers and we have a bit of a laugh and a joke.”

While Linda has always enjoyed a laugh with readers and colleagues when it comes to reading she prefers a scare, naming horror her favourite genre.

Linda said she was a very keen reader when she was younger, reading all the Catherine Cookson books and a lot of historical novels but has dropped off a bit recently. She said she is looking forward to being able to read a bit more again.

Linda said: “I still have got my library card so I will be back regularly to drop in and have a coffee.”

Linda will also return with her grandchildren who regularly used to visit her at work and may come back to cover holidays during staff leave.

Linda said she has seen a lot of changes during her time at the library, seeing the introduction of computers and DVDs into the building and recently self service desks.

Linda said: “It is not the same as it was with the self services desks now, there is not as much interaction. But people still come up to the counter for a bit of help.”

Colleagues described Linda as not just being a co-worker but a friend. Well-know and well liked.

After her final shift on Saturday Linda was taken out for a celebratory meal with the staff from Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping libraries.

Linda is looking forward to having a bit more freedom to go caravanning more often with her husband John.