Monday, March 11, 2013

NARA: Sequestration cuts research hours

Whilst reviewing for tonight's Land Records Research at NARA Hangout on Air, I ran across the info "as part of actions it is taking due to sequestration" the National Archives in Washington, DC and College Park, Maryland are facing reduced operating hours.


"Research rooms at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, are normally open to researchers six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. three days a week (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). We will no longer offer these extended hours. The research rooms will remain open to researchers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, year round.
In announcing the reduced hours, David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States said: “We don’t take these reductions lightly. We are working hard to achieve our mission and minimize disruptions to the services we provide to the public.”
Hopefully our elected officials will exercise their authority to reach budgetary compromises so we may enjoy necessary access to records at these essential federal research facilities.

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  1. I saw that while I was verifying the hours today. It figures. I finally get everything settled down to where I could go after work and they change the hours!! Gotta love our government in action!

  2. Our research locations are usually the first things to go! :(

  3. Why don't they just keep the hours on one or two days a week 12-9 or something of that fashion?