Visiting the Archives

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Please note that the Archive Search Room is now closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to answer email and telephone enquiries where possible, however only a limited copy request service will be available under the current circumstances (Mon 30 March).

Once you have identified that we hold the records you are looking for, you need to arrange a visit to the Archives.

As we have limited space in the Searchroom we recommend making an appointment to visit the Archives. You can do this via email or phone.

Please note that some of our collections are closed to the general public. This might be because they are too fragile, contain personal information or are restricted at the request of the depositor. Please contact us before your visit to ensure that you will be able to view the records.


We are located at 14 City Square. When standing at the top of City Square, face the Caird Hall. Our door is located in the far right hand corner, just down the steps from the entrance to the Marryat Hall.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Due to staff availability we may have to close the Searchroom between 1 and 2pm for lunch. On some occasions we may be able to keep the Searchroom open but no new documents will be produced during this time. If possible please try to avoid arriving at the Archives between 1 and 2 pm.

What to Bring

There are a few things that you should bring with you to the Archives:

  • Your research notes and spare note paper
  • Pencils (we do not allow the use of pens in the Searchroom)
  • Camera (if you would like to take pictures of documents)
  • Money (to pay for photocopies)

We do not allow food and drink in the Searchroom, however there is a public lounge where you can take a break or eat lunch.

Read the Rules of the Searchroom. (79KB MS Word doc)

When you Arrive

We are located downstairs at 14 City Square at the left hand side of the corridor beyond the council committee rooms. The door to the archives is locked. Please ring the doorbell to alert staff. They will then take you through to the Searchroom, where you will be asked to sign in.

The door to 14 City Square is sometimes locked. If this is the case, please go to the reception at 20 City Square. They will phone down to the Archives and a member of staff will meet you at the door to 14.

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