You are very welcome to make use of our study hall for your archival research. During opening hours, you can find your way to the monumental 'Minderbroederskerk' or Franciscan church. It is not necessary to make reservations. Our opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 AM till 17:00 PM.
Please do not forget to bring valid identification upon your first visit. You will need this to be able to request a visitor pass. Please also visit our 'first visit'-page.
We have catalogue and journal lists to help you locate information in our archives and collections. Across from the information desk, you will find our catalogue and the archive request station. Our colleagues can explain how to use these so you may work independently for your archive research. They can also bring your requested archives from the underground depots. Please note, the request of original archives must be done before 16:20.
It is also possible to request specific archival documents a (couple of) day(s) prior to your visit through our document reservation form (in Dutch). Do keep in mind that we are closed form Friday until Monday.
In principle, our archives and collections are all public*. You can consult original archives free of charge. However, when you wish to make reproductions, such as scans or photos (or having these made for you), there may be costs involved. You can read more about this at 'reproductions' below.
*There are a few exceptions in which public access is limited. Usually this is to protect the privacy of a person that is still living. Such archives are usually protected for a certain period of time, after which they can be consulted by the public. When you are interested to consult an archive of which the access is limited, please contact us through email@example.com or ask our colleagues at the desk.
You can help yourself to our more frequently used archives and collections in the study hall. These have been made available in various forms: photocopies or on micro-film or index cards. Here you will find important sources for your genealogy research, such as registers of baptism, marriage and funerals, certificates of citizenship, obituary cards and statements of succession. Many of these imprints, drawings and photo collections of Maastricht are included in the study hall for your reference.
A part of our photo collection has already been digitalised and can be explored through our digital photo library. The search engine for this photo library only operates in Dutch.
For all material in the self-service area in the study hall, you can make scans using the machinery available. Our colleagues will gladly help you with the use of the equipment. For original archives, it is not always possible to make scans. This is usually due to the physical state (age), size or shape of the document. Generally speaking, it is not possible to make scans of the following:
- archives predating 1600;
- bound archival documents;
- archiefstukken op perkament en/of zegels;
- cards, imprints and drawings;
- documents larger than A3-format;
- documents in bad condition.
If you have any doubts, please ask one of our study hall colleagues if scanning is permitted. If you have a (digital) camera with you, you can ask permission to take a photo (without flash) of the archive you wish to copy. Also, it is advisable to bring your own USB-stick (or external hard drive) on which you can save your scans. This may save you some costs. USB-sticks can also be bought in our study hall.
Before you visit us, you might already have some questions about how things work at the archives. On our FAQ-page we have put together some frequently asked questions.
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