The Search Room is open to researchers from 8:00am
to 11:45am and 1:00pm from Monday to Friday, and also on Saturdays from 8:00am to 11:30 am
upon request but closed on Sundays and public holidays.
On first admission, all researchers will be required to
sign a declaration with the National Archives. The National Archives. The declaration also
indicates the acceptance of, and agreement to abide by the Search Room rules.
All researchers must sign the visitors book
indicating their names and full addresses each day they come to use the Search Room.
Umbrellas, briefcases, bundles and bags are not allowed
in the Search Room. These must be left at the Reception Desk. Ladies small bags may be
allowed in at the discretion of the Search Room Attendant
All aids (inventories, catalogues, lists, guides,
indexes, etc) in the Search Room are available to researchers without restrictions.
Researchers are not allowed into repositories unless
special permission has been granted.
A duplicate document request form must be completed for
each item required and be placed in the designate box in the Search Room.
Researchers may consult three items at a time, although
up to twelve may be ordered. The Search Room Attendant may withhold any document from
production at his discretion.
No item or document may be removed from the Search Room
and items requested are not transferable. Researchers are not allowed to use their friends
to browse through the files/documents on their behalf
All documents must be returned to the Search Room
Attendant who will check them and satisfy himself that they have been returned in good
condition and are the correct ones before the researcher is allowed to leave Search Room
The use of ink, ball-pens and felt pens is not allowed.
Only pencils may be used. Typewriters or tape recorders may not be used in the Search
Room, however a room for the use of such equipment may be provided elsewhere within the
All documents must be used with care. No marking or
dog-earing is allowed. Researchers must not lean or rest on papers, notebooks or any other
writing materials on a document they are reading. Tracing may be carried out only with the
permission of the Search Room Attendant and only a transparent sheet of paper must be
Smoking is not allowed in the Search Room. Researchers
may eat, drink and smoke while in the Reception area
Silence in the Search Room must be observed. No noise in
and around the Search Room is allowed.
Permission to photocopy, photograph or scan any document,
map picture must first be obtained from the Director. Photocopying facilities are
available on the premises at a small fee as determined from time to time.
No documents will be produced or photocopies made within
half an hour prior to closing time.
Documents required for Saturday morning must be ordered
by 3.00 p.m. on Friday. Only 12 items may be ordered.
Any researcher who wishes to publish a work resulting
from consultation of documents in the National Archives of Malawi should first obtain
pre-publication approval from the Government.
The Director of the National Archives of Malawi reserves
the right to withhold permission to consult any or all documents, and also empowered to
exclude from the National Archives any researcher who does not comply with these