Visiting Archives


Opening times

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 5pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 1pm
  • Sunday: closed
  • Bank Holidays: closed.

The last time to request original archives is one hour before closing.

Search the Archives catalogue.

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If you would like to get in touch with us please:

On arrival at Nottinghamshire Archives

You do not need to make an appointment to use microfiche and original records. However, you may wish to book a computer.

All visitors need to sign the visitors' book at reception. Our duty team will be available to help when you arrive.


Visit Nottinghamshire Archives 22 to 26 November [PDF].

Reader's tickets

To look at original archives you will need a Reader’s Ticket.  

County Archive Research Network

Nottinghamshire Archives is part of the County Archive Research Network (CARN). If you already have a CARN Ticket issued at another office, you may use it here. 

You can get a CARN Ticket on arrival at Archives. You will need to present identification showing a printed name and address, and a signature. These tickets are valid for four years and can be used at other archives which are part of the County Archive Research Network. 

You can renew your CARN Ticket at any office.  You will need full ID to renew your ticket, even if you still have an existing one.

Reading and printing microfiche

You do not need to book a microfiche reader. 

Microfiche are stored in drawers. At each reader is a set of markers which can be used to mark where you have taken a particular microfiche. This will help you when putting the microfiche back and also show other visitors which microfiche are in use. There are accompanying lists and indexes to help you find a particular microfiche.

A scanner is available to make copies of microfiche.

Our duty team can advise you on accessing microfiche and using the microfiche readers and scanner.

Accessing original archives

You do not need to book a table or space in our archive research area.

You can access the original archives catalogue here.

There are catalogues available to identify documents and also indexes of persons, places and subjects to guide you to the appropriate catalogue.

When you have found a description of your document in the catalogue, you can request to see it by writing its reference number on a Document Request Slip. You can then hand the slip to a member of staff who will allocate you an order number. We will then retrieve your document for you. Please note that there may be a delay at busy times. When your document is available to view, a sign will be displayed with your order number on it. Documents can be requested up to one hour before we close. 

Find out more about which parish registers are available at Nottinghamshire Archives and Libraries on our Finding aids pages.

Advance orders

You can order up to four items ahead of your visit. Please contact us with the references.

Most records are available for general access. However a few are restricted in whole or in part because information in them is exempt information under the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations. Restrictions are usually indicated in our catalogue and will be reviewed on request. 

There is no charge for this review, but searches in restricted access records are subject to a charge.  For more information on Restricted Access records please download our information sheet Restricted Access Records [PDF]

Using our computers

You can access a range of resources on our computers including free access to Ancestry and Nottinghamshire Archives online catalogue.   

Booking computers

You can book a computer online. You will need your library card number with no spaces, the first eight numbers only. Then enter your PIN code, go to Reservations, select Archives and then select Public PCs. Follow the on-screen instructions. You can book up to two hours per day and the first slot available each day is 9.00am. A booking can be made up to three weeks ahead of your visit. 

You can also book a session yourself when you are using a public PC at Archives. If you do not have a library card, we can book a computer for you. Call us on tel: 0115 958 1634. When you visit you will need to bring one form of ID, such as a bank card, a CARN Reader's ticket, or a driving licence.

Drop-in computers

There are three drop-in computers available. These cannot be booked in advance. You can use them twice daily for up to 30 minutes at a time. You will need a library card with a PIN number to log on.  If you do not have a library card, please ask a member of staff to log you on.

Computer printouts

The cost of computer printouts is:

  • black and white (A4): 20p
  • black and white (A3): 40p
  • colour (A4): 50p
  • colour (A3): £1

Using your own laptop

You can use your laptop or mobile device. If you want to plug it in you will need to complete a Disclaimer Form as we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage to your equipment or files. A circuit breaker will be provided for you. Free broadband WiFi is also available.


There is a visitors' room available off the main search room with a hot drinks machine and a water cooler.

Getting to Archives

Nottinghamshire Archives is located in the centre of Nottingham, close to the Broadmarsh bus station and the railway station.


Castle Meadow Road 

The Archives building fronts onto Wilford Street.  We are next door to the Magistrates Court and the HMRC Buildings (formerly Inland Revenue) are across the road.

Public transport

The Archives building is a five minute walk from Nottingham Railway Station and the Broadmarsh Bus Station. Plan your journey using public transport.


There are major road works taking place on the roads outside the office for which long delays are expected until June 2016.

This work is being undertaken as part of the major building project on the nearby Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, resulting in the closure of Collin Street.

Please use public transport or other car parks in the city centre. 

View a map showing the locations of car parks nearby [PDF].


The following facilities are available:

  • fully accessible search room
  • a bookable and drop-in PC on height adjustable tables
  • magnifying glasses are available to borrow from reception
  • PCs with magnification software
  • meeting rooms fitted with an induction hearing loop
  • an accessible toilet
  • two accessible spaces in our car park which can be reserved by blue badge holders with at least 24 hours' notice.

Guide dogs are permitted in all areas of the search room.

Unfortunately staff are unable to read and interpret documents for the public.

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