Opening Times

The Orkney Archive Searchroom and Orkney Room are open to the public for research and private study. 


Archive Reception in the Searchroom

Let us know when you would like to come in and we'll book you in the diary, if there is space available. You will be allocated a table in the Searchroom or the Orkney Room depending on your needs. If you just need a microfilm reader, these are bookable too. 
Contact the Archive Staff by email or phone to book 
 
archives@orkney.gov.uk or 01856 873166

Booking in advance means that Archive Staff can help to find which items will be most useful for your research and also reduce the interaction between visitors and staff during your booking. Any items you request before your booking will be set out on your table when you arrive. 

Archive Searchroom 



Current Opening Times in Archive Searchroom 
and Orkney Room

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Fortnightly on Saturdays : 10am -5pm
(Saturdays we are open in summer 2022: 14th May; 28th May; 11th June; 
25th June; 9th July; 23rd July; 6th August; 20th August)    

We may need to adjust our opening times at short notice, so please re-check before your visit. 


Orkney Room

Excess furniture has been removed in both rooms to allow for safe physical distancing. We would appreciate it if visitors still wear face-masks (or coverings) when moving around the rooms (unless medically exempt), and then remove them when seated. Tables and chairs will be cleaned before and after your booking. Visitors are asked to wash their hands before handling any original archives. 

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