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Ordering documents

Pre-ordering documents

You can do this via our online document ordering form.

On the ordering form, document reference numbers are required and there is a maximum limit of three items per order. The form is submitted directly to Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies. We will not reply to your request unless there is a problem with your order. You will be able to order more items during your visit. To find document reference numbers, please check our online indexes and catalogues.

Ordering documents in person

Visitors can order a maximum of three items at a time. You can order more as you work through them. Please note you will not be able to order documents in the last hour before closing.

Document request times

We produce documents every 30 minutes except at 10.30am on Saturday.

See below for production times to off-site stores.

Saturday Visits

Please note that some of our collections are stored off-site and there are no document productions from these stores on Saturdays. See below for a list of our collections held off-site.

If you would like to consult original documents held off-site on a Saturday, please pre-order by phone on 0300 123 4049 (asking for the Archive Reading Room) no later than 2.00pm on the Friday before.

Off-site request times

Tuesday to Friday, by 11.00am and 2.30pm. Documents should be available for use within one hour of the order time