The National Archives will partially reopen the second-floor main textual research room at College Park, Maryland, on Tuesday January 17 (two days earlier than previously projected).


Researchers will have full access to the second-floor main textual research room and will be allowed to bring and use all authorized equipment (including scanners!). All tables will have full power to their outlets.


However, our reference consultation staff will still be located in the third-floor library until further notice. While textual records will be brought to researchers to view on the second floor, researchers will continue to submit all pull slips in the third floor library. Pull times will return to normal: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.


We are working with our contractors to bring all technical systems up as quickly as possible. On January 17 we will have full power, and most of the copiers and scanners and the kiosk in the copy center (used to add funds to your copy card) will be available. However, the public access computers and the front entrance kiosk may not be operational until January 19.


If you have questions or concerns about this closure, please contact Michael Knight at 301-837-0475 or