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Are there any occasions when it is best not to come to the reading room?

It is not necessary to visit the reading room in the following cases:

  • If you want to view a restricted public archive, such as war files and archives of judicial authorities. Other 20th century archives may also be restricted. In this case, you will have to submit a request in writing first. The Nationaal Archief will do some preliminary research for you and then invite you to make an appointment to visit the reading room. If you are not sure whether an archive has restricted public access, please feel free to ask us using the ‘Contact form’ button below.
  • If your research covers a public archive but you do not want to do the research yourself. In this case the Nationaal Archief will be happy to provide you with a quote to do the research for you. You will find more information on commissioned research here.
  • If you want to order a reproduction of a specific record. Look up the inventory number in the archive inventory and click on the shopping cart. You will receive the digital reproduction in you profile. is a website of the National Archives of The Netherlands in cooperation with the Society for the National Archives and Spaarnestad Photo.
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