Research Reservation Requests

Beginning June 2, 2020, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH)
will provide onsite access to its EBSCO Research Room by appointment only.


Appointments will be scheduled Tuesdays through Fridays in three-hour blocks:

  • Morning: 8:30 to 11:30
  • Afternoon: 12:30 to 3:30

Each block will be limited to four researchers.


Only original archival materials that are not online will be available at this time.
Microfilm, books, and computers may not be accessed.


Click the button below to complete the form to request a pre-visit interview
with a staff member. This will be used to determine how we can best serve you.



Please note that the availability of appointments may be disrupted
in response to public health orders or at the discretion of the ADAH.



What to expect during your visit:

  • Upon entering the ADAH, both staff and researchers will be required to have their temperatures checked with a no-touch thermometer and to answer a series of questions about symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19.

  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or other face covering. Please provide your own.

  • Everyone will be required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times.

  • Researchers will be limited to a pencil, loose sheets of paper, and their electronic devices during their appointment. No bags, purses, laptop cases or any other containers will be allowed into the building. Lockers will not be available to store personal items.

  • No physical copies of materials will be made at the Research Room copiers. ADAH staff can make digital copies using iPad scanners and email them as PDFs at no charge. Researchers may also image documents with their own mobile devices or cameras (without flash).

  • Before and after each time block, staff members will sanitize tables, chairs, and any other surfaces touched by researchers during their visit. (Researchers who have reserved both morning and afternoon blocks on the same day will be asked to leave the Archives building from 11:30 to 12:30 to allow staff to sanitize work areas.)