Loan of Materials
As a research institution with unique holdings, the Georgia Archives does not participate in interlibrary loan or the temporary loan of materials to researchers. This is so that the materials are here every time you come in to look at them.
Lockers are available in various sizes at no charge. You may choose one that is convenient for you. Please do not leave materials overnight. Materials left will be removed and discarded. Make sure the lockers are locked and keep the key with you at all times. To open lockers, please turn the key to the right and move the knob to the right. To lock, turn the key to the left and push the knob to the left. Please ask staff if you need assistance.
Lost and Found
The lost and found area is located at the Customer Service Desk. Items are held for 30 days and then discarded or donated to charity as appropriate..
In the Original Documents Reading Area, materials will be used under close staff supervision and researchers will have their materials inspected upon entry and exit of the room. Personal items, except computers or note cards, are not permitted. Original documents, rare books, and maps may not be copied by researchers. Staff will arrange for copies of these items. Same day service may not be available. Records are not retrieved after 4 p.m. and this area closes at 4:45 p.m.
Free parking is available in front of the building. There is additional free parking in the lot behind the Archives. Entry is from Clayton State Boulevard. Participants of workshops and similar events are encouraged to use the back parking lot.
To ensure the safety of the materials, certain items are prohibited in the Reference Room, Microfilm Library, and Original Documents Reading Area,
including food, drinks, tobacco products, ink pens, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, scissors, tape, Post-it® notes or similar self-adhesive notes,
copiers of any type, enclosed items (including, but not limited to, briefcases, purses, fanny packs, bags, envelopes – even if clear), umbrellas, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other outerwear and any item staff deems a security risk.
If a coat is necessary for your personal comfort, it may be worn in the Reference Room and it must be removed for inspection by Security upon your departure. No coats are permited in the Original Document Reading Area.
Firearms or weapons of any type are not permitted.
Microfilm or other media from external sources may not be brought into the
Personal flash drives may be used to store images of documents from Archives computers and microfilm readers.
No software, images, or information may be loaded onto Archives computers.
Lockers are available for storage of prohibited items. Please see the
section for more details.
Permission to reproduce materials is not permission to publish. If Georgia
Archives material will be used in a publication or on the Internet, permission
to publish must be requested from the Georgia Archives in writing.
There are two sets of restrooms on the first floor.
One is located in the lobby near the Customer Service Desk and the second is across from the Security Desk.
Signing In/Signing Out
You will sign in for the day at the Security Desk before entering the Reference Room.
You will need to sign out and present your research materials for inspection when you
leave the Reference Room. In case of an emergency, this sign-in sheet allows us to be
sure everyone is safely out of the building..
No smoking is allowed within 100 feet of the building.
Snack Bar/Patron Lounge
There are vending machines with snacks and beverages and a microwave in the Patron Lounge.
Please ask for help at the Customer Service Desk if you have problems with any of the machines.
You may bring your own food in a cooler, which you may leave in your car or in
a locker, as you prefer. There are also several fast-food and sit-down
restaurants available within a few miles of the Archives. You are welcome to
eat in the Patron Lounge. There is no refrigerator or sink in the Lounge.
Staff are on duty in the Reference Room to help guide you to appropriate
resources for your research, demonstrate how to use the equipment, and
generally help you meet your research needs.
Courtesy telephones are available in the alcove next to the Patron Lounge for
local and credit card calls. Dial "9" for an outside line.
If you receive a call on your cellular telephone while you are in the Reference
Room, please move immediately to the lobby to conduct your conversation.
There are two sets of water fountains. One is located in the lobby near the
Customer Service Desk and the second is across from the Security Desk.
We look forward to your visit. We welcome your suggestions for ways to make
your visit a pleasant experience.