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When planning a trip to the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room we recommend that you always check our website and/or our social media platforms to ensure we are open.

  • Free parking is available at the Delaware Public Archives.
  • The Ridgely Research Room is open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and the first Saturday of the month from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Records can be requested until 3:30.
  • Wireless internet access is provided. Public computers are available and personal computers are allowed. Electrical outlets are available.
  • Lockers are provided to store your belongings. A quarter is required but is refunded when the locker key is returned. The lockers are emptied each night. DPA is not responsible for personal belongings left in lockers.
  • You may wish to bring a flash drive. Reader printer scanners that digitize microfilm are available. Researchers may transfer Archives microfilm images to flash drives at no cost.
  • Smartphones or digital cameras (without a flash) are permitted for use in recording pictures of records. Permission must first be given by archives staff.
  • We have reader printers available to print copies. Copies are $.50 a page. There are computers available with ancestry.com to use (at no cost). Prints from these computers are 10 cents a page.
  • Please note that the computers are for research purposes and review of Delaware Public Archives’ digital collections only. They are not for personal business or email.
  • All researchers must check in at the Welcome Center desk to register or retrieve their researcher forms.
  • Due to preservation practices, certain original records have been imaged and will be provided in that format (microfilm or digital). Please note that if you are interested in viewing an item from our audio-visual collections, arrangements must be made in advance.
  • Some records are restricted by law or by donor. To inquire about such records, a patron must contact the research room staff in advance
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You may wish to bring a sweater or a light jacket as our reading room tends to be chilly.

Please click here for the complete Rules for the Research Room and Researcher Rules of Conduct.

We want your visit to the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely research room to be pleasant and successful.

Although reference archivists cannot do the research for you, we will be happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction.


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