Archives départementales des Landes

  • Departmental Archives of the Landes


25, place du 6e RPIMA


+33 (0)5 58 85 75 20
+33 (0)5 58 06 42 58


Read all about the history of the Departmental Archives of the Landes here.

Opening Times

Opening hours of the reading room: Monday: 10 am to 5.30 pm. Tuesday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.30pm. Closed on Friday.

Opening hours of the service: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.30pm; Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Conditions of Access

Consultation of the archives is free and open to all. When you first come to the archives, you must register at the reception desk by presenting an official identity document with a photograph. You will then be given a personal card, valid for the year. It authorises you to access the reading room and to request documents.

Bulky personal belongings (bags, satchels) must be deposited in the lockers provided. The use of mobile phones is prohibited in the reading room. Individual laptops are authorised under the responsibility of their owner. A member of staff is always available in the reading room to help you with your research. The documents requested are systematically examined visually to ensure their state of preservation, which may result in a delay of more than 30 minutes.

Unless the reader is informed of a particular difficulty, documents are returned to the reader no later than half an hour after the ballot papers have been collected.

  • 8.45, 9.15, 9.45, 10.15, 10.45, 11.30
  • 1.45pm, 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm, 4.15pm, 4.45pm

It is possible to order up to 3 items per pick-up and up to 5 items for the last 2 pick-ups of the morning.

By registering, you agree to abide by the rules governing the reading room of the Landes Archives, adopted by order of the President of the Departmental Council. The appendix to the rules sets out the opening hours, the times of collection and the number of communications and reproductions authorised per reader.

Only the use of a pencil is authorised in the reading room to take notes so as not to risk staining the documents.

If you have already registered, you can reserve documents (maximum 3 per person) by mail, fax or e-mail only. The documents will be available when you arrive in the reading room.

You can reserve your documents for the following day, or reserve them before 8 a.m. to have them available at 8.30 a.m., or reserve them in the morning to have them available at 1 p.m. If you opt for fax or mail, please give a few days notice. Please note: only clear and unambiguous requests with precise and exact dimensions will be taken into account.


The building is adapted to your needs, the reading room and toilets are on the ground floor. There are car parking spaces available.

Research Services

Remote searches can be carried out by the staff of the Archives départementales des Landes. However, please note that at present, whatever the request, it takes 8 weeks. If you wish to obtain a document more quickly, you are invited to come to the reading room where the team will be at your disposal to guide you in your research.

Legal and administrative research can be carried out remotely. The searches themselves are free of charge, but you will have to pay for the photocopies you receive. For research of historical or genealogical interest, you are invited to consult the website, which has many resources available online. You can also come to the reading room, where the team will be at your disposal to guide you in your research.

Reproduction Services

Photocopying of documents, other than administrative documents, is not a right but a facility offered to readers within the limits of the equipment and personnel available to the service. For reasons of preservation of the media, reproduction cannot be granted for bound volumes, sealed documents, fragile documents, large format documents, which could be damaged if handled. A maximum number of photocopies per person and per working session is set and displayed in the room (currently 10 per half day).

By your own means: you can take photographic and digital pictures yourself, without flash and with your own equipment. By the Departmental Archives: depending on the availability of the photography and digitisation workshop, whose priority is to carry out image preservation operations, the departmental photographer can carry out work for private individuals, subject to conditions. Details will be given in the reading room.

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