The following was written by the U.S. National Records and Archives Administration:
For public comment - NARA rule restoring DC area archival research room hours
The National Archives and Records Administration published an interim final rule in the Federal Register on February 1, 2008, to restore the weekly evening and Saturday hours that the archival research rooms at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and the National
Archives at College Park, MD are open.
Comments on this rule will be accepted through March 17.
To review the rule and make comments, please go to www.regulations.gov and type "NARA" in the Search box. The rule is titled Locations and Hours; Changes in NARA Research Room Hours. Additional information on the rule is provided below.
The FY 2008 NARA Budget in the Consolidation Appropriations Act of 2007 signed by President Bush on December 26, 2007, includes $1.3 million to restore evening and Saturday hours in the research rooms in the National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park (Archives II). Prior to October 1, 2006, these research rooms were open three evenings per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and every Saturday.
Under this interim final rule, the research rooms will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday they will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. We decided to make this adjustment to the previous schedule so that out of town researchers will have consecutive evenings along with Saturday to work. This schedule will also make staffing the rooms easier for managers. We set the effective date of the new hours as April 14, 2008 to allow time to hire and train the additional research room staff and to adjust the terms of the security guard contract.