National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

What Can I Take Into The Search Rooms

What Can I Take Into The Search Rooms

The following information outlines what is permitted in our search rooms and forms part of our Conditions of Access:

  • You may only use a pencil or laptop when taking notes in the Historical Search Room and associated areas.
  • Permitted items taken into the Historical Search Room must be placed in a clear plastic bag provided by staff on arrival or inside the lockers provided (measuring 29cm x 42cm by 60cm.); clear bags must be returned.
  • Staff may ask to view the contents of your clear bag upon entry or exit of the Historical search room, for the purposes of document security.

The following information outlines what is not permitted in our search rooms:

  • ink, pens (including gel pens), Tipex, scissors, knives, scanners and anything else which, in the opinion of staff, has potential to damage records.
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted.
  • Larger bags and luggage cannot be left in the locker room and alternative arrangements should be made
  • All bags and outdoor garments, including umbrellas and hats, must be deposited in the lockers.