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National Archives’ research rooms re-open today

The National Archives will open its research rooms from today (1), National Archives’s media sources said.

The research rooms were closed over two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As Sri Lanka gradually moves towards the normalization of public activity as per its COVID-19 exit strategy, the research rooms at its main office in Colombo and branch office in Kandy will reopen from July 1.” the Department said.

The National Archives also said that there shall be several regulations followed by the Department to which the persons wanting to access its service should abide by.

Accordingly, any person using the research rooms are expected to contact the Department before 12 o’clock, prior to the day they intend to visit the premises.

Such persons can either make a direct call to the respective branch or send an email including name, telephone number, date and time of the visit and documents that the person would want to order. The contact numbers and the relevant email addresses are available on the Department website.

The Department stated further that once the visit is confirmed, the person will be given a table number. “When a person with an appointment enters the Research Room, that person should approach the main table and sign the register. Then, he or she will be shown the allotted table. Staff shall provide the necessary documents. Maintain a distance of one meter from each other, and avoid as much as possible walking about the Research Room. Before entering the Research Room, one must wash and wipe hands. No one must use hand sanitizers while reading the documents as it may harm the valuable records deposited at the National Archives,” the Department sources further said.


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