You will need to register for an Archives Card before your visit. Go to https://archivescard.com/ to enter your details and upload a photograph. To complete your registration, bring two of the forms of ID listed when you visit.
We advise anyone visiting to view documents to book a table in advance. You will need to make a booking if you would like to consult maps or sound. We do not take bookings for microfilm and fiche readers.
You can book for the whole day or for a half-day session:
You can order up to two documents in advance when you book. Please ensure that we receive requests at least 24 hours before you plan to visit.
To book and order documents, please email email@example.com stating:
We will send you an email to confirm your booking.
Search our online catalogue to identify which documents you wish to see and make a note of their reference numbers.
The catalogue includes set searches for popular searches (such as maps, parish registers and wills). See our help pages for guidance on using the catalogue. You can find further advice in the ‘Using NROCAT’ videos on the NRO’s YouTube channel – how to. Our research guides suggest documents useful for many topics, such as tracing your family history or the history of your house. Our Guide to holdings gives an overview of the collections we hold.
Whilst most documents are available to consult, there are restrictions on using documents marked in the catalogue as:
Please contact us if you need further advice.