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Research at the National Archives Department


It is the duty of all archivists to communicate, make known, to the nation, the various collections of archives in their custody.  It is here that the National Archives interacts with the population.  The National Archives, provides all facilities to make this interaction possible and reliable. The documents of the National Archives can be consulted by local and international researchers. Officers of the National Archives are present to assist them in their research. Some of these documents are also freely available online. Users must first register themselves with the National Archives to have access to these documents.

Public archives are open to public inspection subject to the conditions mentioned in our Regulations and the payment of fees specified therein. 

   Public archives are open to public inspection subject to the conditions mentioned in our Regulations and the payment of fees specified therein. 

  • ​The hours of admission are as follows: 
   From 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekdays, and 
   From 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. on Saturdays. 

  • ​​​​A person who consults documents has to write his/her name and full address in the Visitors’ Register and on the Research Form. 
  • ​​​​​​​Finding-aids like inventories, repertories, catalogues and indexes are available for consultation. 
  • ​​The database administrator will provide information regarding access to our website and the on-line electronic collections of records.​
  • ​Two search rooms are available to the public. 
  • Documents requested by users are provided for consultation. 
  • Advice and guidance in the field of research is provided. 
  • Copies (ordinary and/or authenticated) of documents can be made against payment. 
  • Short-term searches can be made for Government and private individuals against payment. 
  • In-house power supply is available to searchers using their own laptops and is payable. 
  • PCs are available for users to access the EAS database of records.