The National Archives of Scotland has two search rooms open to the public for historical research: the Historical Search Room at General Register House, Princes Street, and the West Search Room at West Register House, Charlotte Square. There is no charge for historical research in either of our search rooms. Readers' tickets, and renewals, are issued free of charge on personal application in our search rooms, providing you bring photographic proof of your identity and current address. Records of the former nationalised industries; coal, rail, gas, electricity and steel and other business can be viewed in the West Search Room. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.45pm. The National Archives of Scotland closes on 25 and 26 December, 1 and 2 January, and certain other public holidays. Due to building constraints, we regret is not possible to provide disabled access to the West Search Room. We will however be pleased to consider the transfer of relevant documents to the Historical Search Room, General Register House in Princes Street. There are no parking facilities for the public on the site. Please see our website for further details.
West Register House stands on the west side of Charlotte Square, a former church with a green copper dome. West Register House is about 20 minutes walk from Waverley or Haymarket station.
The National Archives of Scotland holds records created by the Scottish Governement from the 12th Century until the present day along with private records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies.