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We have reading rooms in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. These rooms are quiet spaces with dedicated staff to assist you in finding and ordering archives. Due to an increase in demand for online records, and a decrease in demand for physical records, we announced late 2019 that reading room hours would be changing.

Following the close of the reading room hours pilot in March 2021, Archives leadership have considered the evaluation report for the pilot and decided to implement new hours across Archives’ four reading rooms. While the review shows online demand for accessing archives rapidly growing, the decision was made to make the new hours more user friendly, so visitors can easily access the services and information they need. These new hours also provide a balance between public access to reading rooms and allowing the mahi we need to do for the move to the new building to continue.

From Monday 2 August 2021, our hours across the country will be changing. The new hours will be:

Auckland: Monday-Friday 9am – 1pm

Wellington: Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm, with reading room hours between 10am – 3pm

Christchurch: Monday-Friday 9am – 1pm

Dunedin: Monday-Friday 9 am – 1 pm

Changing our opening hours allowed us to assess the options for refocusing our resources into areas that increased discoverability of and access to New Zealand’s public archives. It also helped us ensure we are in a good place for the eventual move to our new facility in Wellington.

Thank you to those who provided feedback and suggestions on our announced changes to reading room hours. Read more about the pilot here.

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