After Hundreds of Requests, the Arizona Archives Reading Room Reopens with Limited Hours

Last week, we reported that the $29 million dollar Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building Reading Room closed because of budget cuts. But after an outpouring of requests, Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records director GladysAnn Wells has announced that the reading room will remain open to researchers by appointment only.

"We are working to provide as much service as we can within reduced staffing levels," Wells wrote in an e-mail to New Times. "We have had several emergency requests and about 100 phone and email requests in the first three days that the Polly Rosenbaum building was closed."

The State Archives will be open for emergency research and by appointment only every Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m., and every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those who wish to make appointments should call 602-926-3720 between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday though Friday.  

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