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Ordering Archives in our Reading Rooms

To request archives in an Archives New Zealand Reading Room you must first register as a reader. Please make sure you have identification with you for the registration process. Upon registering you will be issued with a reader card that will enable you to order archival material for viewing.

Access to the Archives New Zealand online finding aid Archway can be made through the computers provided in the Reading Rooms. In our reading rooms these computers are also used to order archives up to the Reading Room using the 'order' button and your reader number in Archway. Paper based finding aids and card indexes for some archives are also provided. Staff will give you a tutorial on the systems after you have registered.

Allow plenty of time to find, order and read your documents. Archives are retrieved every half hour from 9.00am until 4.00 pm and requests take approximately 45 - 60 minutes to reach ‘Held Out’ status. Researchers can request and have ‘Held Out’ five items at a time and these items will be ‘Held Out’ for no more than one week without being issued. To receive items you have ordered give your surname to staff and your archives will be brought to you. Boxes, volumes and items with loose pages, such as probates, will be issued one at a time.

Written permission to view restricted archives must be obtained by a researcher and be given to Archives New Zealand staff prior to requesting the items.

Some records are restricted for preservation reasons; please see staff at the help desk for advice on viewing these items.

Ask for help

The staff in the reading rooms are there to assist and advise you in your research. Do not hesitate to ask for help but please be aware that the staff cannot conduct your research for you.