Tuesday 7 January 2020

UK National Archives: new document ordering trial

The National Archives (TNA) in Kew, London, is to trial a new system for same-day document ordering. It will start on Monday 31 March and continue for six months.

The National Archives at Kew, England
Researchers will be able to order a maximum of twelve documents for the same day, plus up to twelve documents ordered in advance ie a maximum of 24 documents per reader per day.

There will be five document ordering time slots available each day and you can order as many of your twelve same-day documents as you require in any of the slots. If you have your references ready, you'll be able to order all twelve at the same time. Documents will be delivered at set times each day.

You will not need to finish your advance orders before ordering documents for the same day.

In order to facilitate these changes, same-day document ordering will start at 09:45 and finish at 15:30 each day. Advance ordering for the next day will also close at 15:30.

Reading Room opening times will be unaffected.

To find out more, and see the precise time slots for ordering and delivery, see TNA's announcement.