National Archives Department



Research at the National Archives Department​

Communication is one of the objectives of the National Archives Department to interact with the nation and to make known the various collections of archives in its custody.  As such, all facilities are provided to make this interaction possible and reliable.

The documents of the National Archives are accessible to both local and international researchers. Officers of the National Archives are present to assist them in their research. Some of these documents are also available online and are accessible only to registered users.

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.
  • 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 are provided against payment.
  • In-house power supply is available to searchers using their own laptops and is payable.