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The National Archives at College Park (Archives II) will undergo temporary closures in the Researcher Registration Room 1000 and part of the ground floor security entrance to the research complex between December 8, 2017 and January 22, 2018.


Research Registration Room 1000

Room 1000 will be temporarily closed during a re-cabling improvement project. Due to the nature of the work, the project may be extended beyond January 22. The temporary location for researcher orientation and researcher cards will be conducted at a desk in the main ground floor lobby.


If you have an existing researcher card that has an expiration date between December 9, 2017 and the end of January 2018, it is recommended that you renew your card before December 9th.


Security Entrance to Research Complex

The ground floor security entrance to the research complex will have a temporary and only partial closure. Researchers will have full access to the research rooms but please anticipate longer wait times to enter and exit the research complex. The work will be done at the same time as Room 1000.


We will post updates and have status information on the main phone line (301-837-2000) for Archives II. We appreciate your patience.


Please submit questions to Michael Knight, Branch Chief, Research Services, Research Room Operations at 301-837-0475 or

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post describes upcoming changes to the records pull times and consultation hours for Archives 1 (Washington DC) and Archives 2 (College Park, MD) only. All changes went into effect on MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017.


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Archives 1 (Washington, DC) and Archives 2 (College Park, MD) added an additional pull time!  The new pull times will be 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Also, additional records may not be signed out after 5:15 PM.  However, records signed out at 5:15 PM or earlier may continue to be viewed.


Currently research consultation is available from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The consultation room hours will be 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday.


The Innovation Hub at Archives 1 and the partners' digitization room (6050) at Archives 2 closes at 5:00 PM.  Electronic Records consultation is by appointment only between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  Researcher Registration and phone coverage (1-86-NARA-NARA) at A1 and A2 is open until 5:00 PM.


After 4:00 PM, researchers will have on-site access to the services listed below at Archives 1 and Archives 2:




To summarize, beginning Monday, October 2, 2017:


Research Rooms Hours: 8:45 AM - 5:45 PM


Records Pull Times: 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM


Consultation Hours: 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM

From Wednesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Motion Picture Research Room (Room 4000) of the National Archives at College Park will be closed to NARA staff and the public.  This closure is required to facilitate the ongoing building wide re-cabling project to maintain and improve NARA’s network infrastructure.


Digitized motion picture content will continue to be accessible and available on the Special Media Public Access PCs in the Still Picture Research Room (Room 5050) and the Cartographic Research Room (Room 3050).  Digitized content already available online through the National Archives Catalog will also remain accessible and available.


Motion picture reproduction orders (Item Approval Request Lists), and regular reference inquiries sent to the inbox will be unaffected by the temporary closure.


Motion picture reference staff will be available on an on-call basis, and will be able to provide limited consultation service and textual records to onsite researchers.  Textual records in the custody of the Motion Picture Branch (e.g., production files) and which require pull slips will be made available in Room 4050 (Microfilm Research Room), and pulled at the regular pull times. The on-call consultant will arrange for the pulling and refiling of these records for researcher use.


During this period, access to the self-service reference collection and finding aids in Room 4000, as well as regular records pulls from the motion picture holdings, will be suspended.


We expect the Research Room to re-open for normal business hours and operations on Monday, April 24, 2017.


We ask for your patience and understanding while we work to upgrade our infrastructure.  Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to Daniel Rooney, Chief, Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch.  He can be reached at: 301-837-1995, or