When will I need to come to the reading room?
The inventories of the Nationaal Archief archives are available in digital form and can be viewed on this website. But many of the records themselves are not available in digital form. This means that you can only consult the records in the Nationaal Archief reading room. You can request a record in advance of your visit using the archive inventory. The record will then be ready for you when you arrive here.
The descriptions in the archive inventories are often very general. If you do not know for sure that a record you are looking for is located in a particular inventory number, you will have to come to the reading room. It is not possible for the Nationaal Archief to do this preliminary research for you.