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Hours of Operation

Saturday Services

Beginning with Saturdays in June, the retrieval of genealogical and historical physical records will be limited due to staffing limitations. Patrons will continue to be able to:

  • Work with our reference archivists
  • Retrieve modern court records (divorce decrees, criminal records, etc.) for legal emergencies with advance notice - see details below
  • View searchroom-only records on our public computers
  • Visit the first-floor of our library

Advance Notice for Requesting Records

If you know the modern court record you need pulled and cannot reschedule your Saturday visit, then you must email us at msa.helpdesk@maryland.gov seven to ten business days prior to your visit to ask if the record can be ready for you. Note that even if you visit us Tuesday through Friday, many modern court records are located at an off-site warehouse and must be scheduled to be pulled prior to your visit.

If you know the genealogical or historical record you need pulled and cannot reschedule your Saturday visit, then you must email us at msa.helpdesk@maryland.gov seven to ten business days prior to your visit. Please note: We cannot guarantee that we will be able to have geneological or historical records ready for you at the time of your visit.

Directions to Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse State Archives Building

*The Archives is CLOSED

We are closed every Monday. We are also closed Sundays and the Saturdays of holiday weekends.

*The Archives is OPEN

Tuesday - Friday and most Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
On Saturdays the Search Room closes for lunch between 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Records are PULLED

Starting June 2, 2018 Tuesdays - Fridays every half hour starting at 8:45 AM with the last pull of the day at 3:45 PM.

* Public Search Room

Holiday Related closures for 2018:

Holidays & Archives Closings Day Date
New Year's Day** Monday January 1
Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr** Monday January 15
Presidents' Day** Monday February 19
Memorial Day** Monday May 28
Independence Day Wednesday July 4
Labor Day** Monday September 3
Columbus Day** Monday October 8
Veterans Day* Monday November 12
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 22
American Indian Heritage Day** Friday November 23
Christmas Day Tuesday December 25

*When a State holiday occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is observed on the Friday before or the Monday after the actual holiday, respectively.

**When a State holiday occurs on a Monday or Friday, the Archives will also be closed the Saturday of that adjacent weekend.

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