Visitor Information & Contact Details

Due to the ongoing pandemic we will be offering a limited service from both offices, by appointment only. We are restricting the number of researchers we can accommodate to comply with social distancing measures:

  • Old Aberdeen House: two researchers can be accommodated, between Monday-Wednesday, in a morning or afternoon slot. 
  • Town House: one researcher can be accommodated at the Town House, Wednesday-Friday, in a morning slot only.

To book a place, please fill out this booking form, and a member of staff will be in touch to confirm your booking. You will need to wear a face mask at both sites. Please contact us by email if you are unsure which site you need to visit. We are excited to welcome you back to the archive.

Please note the following public holidays where the service is closed:

  • Christmas Holidays 25th December 2020 - 5th January 2021

We will also be closed for our annual stocktake between the 29th November - 10th December 2021.

  Town House Old Aberdeen House

Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ
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Dunbar Street, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ
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Telephone 03000 200 292 01224 481775
Searchroom opening hours Wednesday to Friday
9.30am to 4.30pm (currently closed after lunch)
Monday to Wednesday
9.30am to 4.30pm (currently lunchtime closure between 12:30 and 1:30)
  • reference library
  • information leaflets
  • internet access, including free access to Deceased Online and access to Kirk Session records
  • laptop facilities
  • reference library
  • information leaflets
  • internet access, including free access to Deceased Online and access to Kirk Session records
  • laptop facilities
Getting here

A number of buses stop on Aberdeen's Union Street and Broad Street. The archive is accessed through the Town House Extension reception at the corner of Broad Street and Queen Street.

No car park is available on site, but the Town House is close to a number of city centre car parks. 

The number 20 bus travels down St Machar Drive close to Old Aberdeen House. The number 1, 1B, 2, 50,  53, 53A, 61, 68, 290, 291, X60, X67 and X68 buses travel down King Street close to Old Aberdeen House (ask for the St Machar Drive stop). The 8 and 19 buses stop near to the University on Bedford Road, a short walk away from Old Aberdeen House.

Free car parking is available onsite. 

Before you visit the Archives, you can find out what we have that might be useful to your research on our Online Catalogue or using our Guides and Indexes. If you see something you want to look at, note its reference number, title and covering dates and contact us to make an appointment.

If you haven't found anything on our Catalogue (it is a work in progress) or if you're not sure what we have that could help your research, please contact us with your query via email or telephone.

Preparing for your visit

It helps if you do the following:

  • Bring as many of your notes with you as you can!
  • Think about what you're aiming for in your research - what do you want to find? Try and focus on one person / research interest at a time before moving on to the next.
  • If you are looking at a large date range, try and narrow it down - this saves you having to look through multiple volumes with the same information (and reduces unnecessary handling of the collections).
  • Bring some notepaper, a pencil and a rubber - pens cannot be used in the searchroom.
  • You can bring your own digital camera to take copies - there will be a small charge for using your camera - details of our charges are available via our Table of Fees or on request.
  • You can bring your laptop / tablet / iPad.

In the searchroom

When you book a place in the searchroom, you will be asked to sign in and comply with our Searchroom Guidelines: 

Failure to do so may result in you being refused access to the searchroom. You may be asked to provided identification in order to access some records covered by the Data Protection Act: you will be advised about this when you make your appointment. 

Some records may only give you a small amount of information, or even what may look to be incorrect information.  This is because the archives we hold were (on the whole) created for administrative purposes, and would have served an administrative function when they were being used.  Records created annually, for example, only show information from a particular time of the year and not any changes which happened throughout the year. 

Above all, we want you to get the most out of your visit!  Staff are always available to answer any questions you might have both before and during your visit. If you are unsure of what you are looking at, please ask, we will be happy to help!

If you are planning on staying for a whole day, please note that neither office has facilities for you to eat your own lunch on site. Both sites have a number of cafes nearby. 

The office at Old Aberdeen is on the ground floor, and is accessible by wheelchair. Please note that there is no accessible toilet on site.

The office in the Town House is on the third floor, and there may be issues with access for larger wheelchairs - please contact us on 03000 200 292 (option 6) if you think there may be an issue with access, and we can make alternative arrangements. 


A car park is available at Old Aberdeen House, although it can get busy. A number of city centre car parks are available close to the Town House branch, and disabled parking is available on site: please let us know in advance to access this car parking.

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