The National Archives (US) has announced changes in research room hours outside the greater Washington, DC area as follows:
Starting November 1, 2015, research room hours will change in many of NARA's facilities. The result will be that all National Archives field locations are open on the same days. This will increase the consistency and efficiency of our public services. These decisions were made at the agency level following a close examination of usage trends.
No change is being made to research room schedules at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, or at the National Archives at College Park, MD.
Saturday Research Room ClosuresBeginning November 1, 2015, the National Archives at Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, Riverside, San Francisco, and Seattle will cease intermittent Saturday hours in the research rooms. All will continue to be open to the public Monday-Friday.
Beginning November 1, 2015, the National Archives at Kansas City will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Louis ChangesBeginning November 1, 2015, the public research room at the National Archives at St. Louis will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
This has been the topic of heated discussion among members of Facebook genealogy groups. Saturday closures mean those working elsewhere Monday through Friday will have to take personal days to accomplish research or hire professional research assistants. While this is sad, this frankly reflects low Saturday patron numbers at the above referenced NARA facilities.
Personally, I wish the decision had been to close Monday and remain open Tuesday through Saturday, as Audrey Collins reports is in practice at The National Archives (UK).
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