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 Franciscan 'Minderbroeders' church. It is not necessary to reserve a seat.
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 this page.
We have a 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 that you can work independently for your archive research. They can also bring your requested archives from the underground depots. Please note, requesting original archives must be done before 16:25.
It is possible to reserve archives ahead of time by phone, e-mail or on our website. You can do this until 15:00 on the day before your visit. On saturdays, our depots are closed. If you would like to consult an archive on a saturday, then it is necessary to reserve ahead of time so that it can be set aside for you in advance.
In principle, our archives and collections are all public*. You can consult original archives free of charge. For making reproductions, such as photocopies, scans, or photos (or having these made for you), there are costs involved. Please ask for more information at the desk.
*There are a few exceptions, where certain limits to public access can be established. Usually this is to protect the privacy of a person that is still living. Protection of privacy is also important for some government archives, belonging to courts or notaries for example. 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 that has limited access, we suggest you seek advice from one of our colleagues.
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.
For all material in the self-service area in the study hall, you can make photocopies or prints 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 copies. This is usually due to the physical state, size or shape of the archive. It is not possible to make photocopies of the following:
• archives from before 1600
• bound archive parts
• archiefstukken op perkament en/of zegels
• cards, imprints and drawings
• archives larger than A3-format
• archives in bad condition
If you have any doubts, please ask one of our study hall colleagues if photocopying is permitted. If you have a (digital) camera with you, you can ask permission to take a photo of the archive you wish to copy.
Before you visit us, you might already have some questions about how things work at the archives. On this page we have put together some frequently asked questions.