Using the Searchroom
Our main responsibility is to preserve the records in our care,
so that they will be available for research not just today but in
centuries to come. You can help us by following a few simple
When you arrive at the
- please sign the reader’s register when you arrive in the
- give your valid County Archives Readers Network (CARN)
ticket to Searchroom staff, who will return it when you
leave the Searchroom
- please turn off your mobile phone before entering the search
- only use pencil whilst in the searchroom
- do not bring food or drink into the searchroom
- there is a refreshment area in the arcade where you can
purchase snacks and cold/hot drinks from the cafe
- leave coats, bags and all personal belongings in one of
the secure lockers provided.
- documents should be treated with the utmost care, do not lean
on them or apply unnecessary pressure and do not take any
documents out of the searchroom.
- please do take care to keep files and bundles of documents in
the order in which they were given to you. If you wish to have an
item copied, please ask a member of staff for a marker slip to
identify the specific page(s).
- if you are reading a volume please use one of the cushions or
book rests to support it, we also have special document weights to
use with rolled maps and plans.
- due to the risk of causing damage to documents during handling
and scanning, the use of portable scanners is not allowed. We do
offer a range of reprographic services.
- documents are issued every half hour (at quarter to and quarter
past the hour), so please bear in mind if you have not ordered
in advance there will be a short wait before your documents are
ready. On Saturdays there is no collection between 11.45am and
2.15pm. The final collection of the day is normally 45 minutes
before the Searchroom closes.
The use of laptops and digital cameras is allowed. However there
is a charge for using a digital camera and you will be asked to
complete a copyright form.
Lastly, please respect other users and members
of staff and try to keep noise to a minimum. The searchroom is a
place of quiet research, and the nature of the documents often
requires intense concentration. It is unfair to disturb other
researchers' working environment.