Your visit to the Arolsen Archives for on-site research
Are you planning to visit the Arolsen Archives in person? All the most important information on our opening times, access to our collections and written research inquiries can be found below.
If you would like to visit the reading rooms of the Arolsen Archives to carry out research on site, you will need to register your visit in advance. Please use the inquiry form or contact us by post (Arolsen Archives, Große Allee 5-9, 34454 Bad Arolsen) at least one week before the date of your visit. Because the number of seats in the reading rooms is limited, we advise you to register as early as possible.
Opening hours of the reading rooms:
Mon – Thurs: 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Fri: 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. | 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. by prior arrangement
On-site research visits are free of charge. With a few exceptions, you can save the documents you have been using on a new USB flash drive purchased directly from the Arolsen Archives once you have completed your research. We charge a fee of €5.00 for the USB flash drive.
You can access the following resources in the reading rooms:
- a digitized copy of the collections of the Arolsen Archives;
- the digitized version of the Central Name Index of the Arolsen Archives;
- the other special catalogs and finding aids of the Arolsen Archives.
At the start of your research visit, you will be shown how to use the digital archive. Arolsen Archives staff will be at hand to answer questions while you are carrying out your research.
If digital versions are not yet available, you can view the original documents on request, provided that there is no conflict with conservation requirements and the state of preservation of the archival materials is not endangered. Please note that at least three working days advance notice must be given when ordering original documents because the archive and the reading rooms are not located on the same premises.
Research inquiries in written form
The staff of the Reference Services department will answer written inquiries of a limited scope submitted by researchers, academics or other interested parties.
Research on specific people
The Reference Services department will carry out research on up to a maximum of 10 people per quarter per person submitting an inquiry. If you need to research more than 10 people, we invite you to visit Bad Arolsen or one of the copyholding institutions to carry out your research in person.
Research on specific topics
The Reference Services department also carries out research on specific topics. Depending on the scope of the research question and the number of relevant documents in our holdings, we will either make copies of the documents available to you or invite you to visit us in person. We are happy to check our holdings to find out whether they contain any documents which are pertinent to the topic you are researching. More information on the holdings of the Arolsen Archives can be found here.
Inquiries can be submitted in writing using the inquiry form or by post (Arolsen Archives, Große Allee 5-9, 34454 Bad Arolsen). We do not process inquiries submitted by email.