Access to the resources and reading rooms of the Noord-Hollands Archief is free. When you visit, you can register at the reception desk. You will receive a visitor number that you can use for requesting archives and which you can use for a next visit.
Exploring our collections
The majority of our archive collections is kept in a safe archive storage area. Only staff can access this area. An overview of our collections can be found under ‘archievenoverzicht’ on our website and on the computers in our reading rooms. An online finding aid describes how the original documents can be requested from the storage area. Requests can be made via the computers in the reading rooms and up till half an hour before closing. Items from our library collection can also be requested digitally.
Some archives need to be requested via a paper request form. This form is available at the information desk. All books, photocopies, microfiches and microfilms in the cabinets in the reading rooms are self-service and can be accessed at any time.
Public and protected information
Our archives and collections are mostly available for the public to look at. However, in some cases restrictions to access apply, for example in cases where data protection applies. The ‘archievenoverzicht’ (overview of archive collections) will tell you if an archive is publically available to view or not. If you would like to access non-publically available archives you can send us a request beforehand by email.
Where can I do my research?
The Noord-Hollands Archief is situated at two locations (at the Jansstraat and at the Kleine Houtweg). Each location has one or more reading rooms. In the ‘archievenoverzicht’ (overview of archive collections) on our website under ‘kenmerken’ you will find where an archive or document is kept. Resources for family research, such as register of inhabitants and registers of births, marriages and deaths can mostly be found in the self-service cabinets in the reading rooms at the Jansstraat. A large part of our library collection is also easily accessible from these cabinets. Archives of councils in the region are kept in the archive storage area at the Jansstraat.
Part of our image library is available through the ‘beeldbank’ on our website. You can order digital copies or prints of items in the image library for a small fee. The original items are kept at the Kleine Houtweg. You can also find science archives, non-digitised audiovisual material and indexes to notarial archives up till 1811 here. Dependent on the condition of the archive and its size, it is possible to discuss the transfer of archive items between locations with one of our staff.
If you have any questions on how to conduct your research, please visit the information desk. Our staff are happy to guide you through the resources available in the reading rooms and can assist in using the technology (computers, microfilm/fiche readers, photocopier) available. They can help you start your research, but will not be able to do research on your behalf.
Access to WiFi is free at both locations of the Noord-Hollands Archief. You can find login details at the information desks.