How do I apply for access to an item that has not been examined?

  1. Log into RecordSearch and begin your search.
  2. Once you have identified an item you are interested in, from the Item Details screen:
    • click on the ‘Request issue’ button if you would like to view the item in the Reading Room, or
    • click on the ‘Request copy’ button if you would like to purchase a copy of the item.
  3. If the item has an access status of ‘Not yet examined’ or ‘Closed’, you will be advised the item must be examined for potential sensitivities before it can be made available to the public.
  4. Click on the link to submit an access application for the item.
  5. Once the access application has been submitted, a message on the screen will confirm that the access application has been successfully submitted.
  6. Print the confirmation message or note the receipt number, barcode, series and control symbol for future reference. Quote these details in any correspondence with our reference service regarding the access application.
  7. Click on the link to go back to the Item Details screen.

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