Opening Times

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

Archive Reception

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. 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. 

But it is also ok if you just want to visit without booking.  

Archive Searchroom 

Current Opening Times in Archive Searchroom 
and Orkney Room

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : 10am-6pm

Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday : 10am-5pm

(We are open every Saturday 😀)  

Closed Days in 2024
We will be closed on the following days due to public holidays and staff training:
Monday 1st April 
Monday 22nd April
Monday 29th April
Monday 6th May
Thursday 8th August
 25th-31st December

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

The Archive will close at 5pm on Thursday 2nd May. 

The Library (and therefore front door) will be closed from 
12.30-2pm on Saturday 11th May 2024. 
The Archive searchroom and Orkney Room will remain open, but visitors will have to be in by 12.30pm and if they need to leave within these times, use the nearest fire exit. Staff will direct you. 

Orkney Room: Local Studies

Tables, chairs, computers and microform readers will be cleaned before and after your booking. Visitors are asked to wash their hands before handling any original archive items. 

More information here

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