Visiting the Illinois State Archives Illinois State Archives

Directions and Parking

The Illinois State Archives in Springfield is located in the Margaret Cross Norton building on the Capitol Complex, just south of the Illinois State Capitol and just north of the Illinois State Museum. Metered parking is available along Edwards Street in front of the museum. Free parking is available at the State Capitol Complex Visitors Center Lot one block west of the Norton Building. Designated handicapped parking is found in the parking lot in front of the Archives.

Hours of Operation

The Reference Room is open to the public from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. It is closed on weekends and state holidays.

Requests for records must be submitted to Reference staff no later than 3:30 PM. No records will be pulled for researchers after this time.

Access & Security

All visitors to the Reference Room are required to go through a metal detector. Lockers are available in the lobby for items not allowed in the Reference Room.

The following items are PROHIBITED in the Reference Room: The following items are ALLOWED in the Reference Room:

All visitors are required to sign the login sheet upon entering the Reference Room. Registration is required to access original records. A photo ID with your address is required when registering.

The stacks are closed to the public and records must be requested at the reference desk. Reference material and microfilm copies of frequently requested records are available in the Reference Room and Microfilm Reading Room.

No original records, reference material or microfilm copies may leave the Reference Room or Microfilm Reading Room. Materials are subject to search when leaving the Reference Room.

Restricted Materials

All records held at the Illinois State Archives are open for public use except for those specifically restricted by law or rule. Researchers are encouraged to contact Archives staff to discuss possible restrictions.

Handling Archival Materials

Please exercise all possible care to prevent damage to the records.


Please see the Illinois State Archives’ Basic Fees and Copy Policy.

Computers & Equipment

The Reference Room at the Illinois State Archives has a computer for public use with internet access and access to Ancestry and HeritageQuest. There is also a copier/scanner available for public use. The microfilm reading room has multiple readers and for viewing and printing from microfilm. Copies/scans made on Archives’ equipment are $0.50 per page.

Researchers may not use the public use computer, microfilm readers or copier/scanner for any reason other than the use and inspection of records or materials available in the Reference Room.

Research Services

Patrons unable to visit the Illinois State Archives to conduct their own research may contact Archives staff to conduct limited research for specific information. Due to staff limitations, the Archives cannot conduct in-depth research. Please contact the Archives to discuss your research needs.

Non-Illinois Resident Research Fee Policy

The Illinois State Archives is required to receive, from all out-of-state or non-Illinois residents, a $10 fee, prepaid and nonrefundable, along with all research requests before those requests may be honored. The fee will entitle the requester to up to 2 unofficial, non-certified copies of the records requested if those records exist.