Registry of Deeds Reopening – changes to onsite access

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The Registry of Deeds re-opened for access to pre-1970 records on Tuesday 11 May 2021. 

The Registry of Deeds has changed its access procedures in response to Covid-19, in line with Department of Health and HSE advice. These protocols are in place to ensure that your visit to Henrietta Street is as safe as possible for you and for our staff. All persons using the Registry of Deeds services are subject to these procedures.

Book an Appointment

Appointments must be reserved in advance via our online booking system. You will be asked to specify whether appointment is for essential legal purposes or historical research purposes.

There is a limit of 25 volumes for an Index appointment and 50 volumes for an Abstract appointment. Visitors can request additional index books during their appointment, at 11.00 (morning appointment) and 15.00 (afternoon appointment) for retrieval during the appointment.

There are currently two types of appointments available:

  • Access to Abstract Books;
  • Access to Lands & Names Index and Transcript Books.

Customers must pre-order the material they wish to view prior to their appointment. Please see our records page for further information on our collections.

Lists can be submitted at the time of booking or sent to rodappointment@prai.ie. Final lists must be submitted by 15.00 the day prior to a morning appointment and before 10.00 the day of an afternoon appointment. Volume lists must be submitted in chronological order.

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are between 10.00 and 12.00 and 14.00 to 16.00. Appointments are for the duration of the morning or afternoon slot. Visitors are free to arrive at any point within their allotted time.

Arriving at the Registry of Deeds

Please do not attend the Registry of Deeds if you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. 

Visitors will be asked to confirm their booking at reception upon arrival. Photographic identification is required to facilitate effective contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

You will be required to place personal belongings in a secure locker in reception.  You can bring pencils, notepaper and electronic devices with you for note-taking. You will then be directed to one of our public rooms and your assigned desk.

Using the Collections

Material requested will be waiting for customers at their assigned desk or on a trolley prior their arrival to the Registry of Deeds. There is no open access to the volumes on shelves within the building.

There is a limit of 25 volumes for an Index appointment and 50 volumes for an Abstract appointment. Visitors can request up to 10 additional index books during their appointment, at 11.00 (morning appointment) and 15.00 (afternoon appointment) for retrieval during the appointment.

Self-Service Photography

The Registry of Deeds is launching a pilot project on 24 June 2021 to facilitate self-service photography for private research purposes only. Please enquire at rodappointment@prai.ie or with a member of staff during your visit for further information.

Quarantine Periods for Documents

Following a review of the most recent Health & Safety advice on the risk of Covid-19 spread through library and archive material, and based on stakeholder feedback, the Registry of Deeds will remove the 24-hour quarantine period between public consultations of volumes from the 14 December 2020.

Covid-19 Health & Safety

Users of the service should note that, while the risk of transmission via books and archive material is evidentially low when other appropriate mitigation measures are applied, SARS-CoV-2 virus particles may be traceable on materials similar to those held at the Registry of Deeds for up to eight days.

Service users are required to follow all Health & Safety procedures at the Registry of Deeds and understand that the use of the service is at their own risk.

Customers must:

  • Wear face coverings at all times while inside the Henrietta Street building.
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Observe good hand hygiene through regular hand washing and sanitisation.
  • Avoid face touching.
  • Not attend the Registry of Deeds if feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.

Payments

Customers are requested to pay by card or contactless payment.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact rodappointment@prai.ie.

FAQ 

What safety measures are in place at the Registry of Deeds?

There will be rigorous cleaning and sanitisation of touchpoints between appointments, this includes desk space, lockers and bathroom facilities. Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.

One-way systems are in operation and capacity control is in place in frequently used areas including the main reception. There is limited access to public PC’s.

How will I know what records to consult?

Information on the records held at the Registry of Deeds are available here. For further information, please contact us at rodappointment@prai.ie.

What type of identification is required for my appointment at the Registry of Deeds?

The Registry of Deeds will accept the following forms of photo identification: current valid full passport; Public Services Card issued by the Department of Social Protection, employer’s identity card with photograph, Garda Identity Age Card, full driving licence (learner’s permit with photo), student identity card with photograph or a travel pass with photograph.

Can I transfer my appointment to colleague or friend?

No, only the individual who booked appointment may attend the time slot. This is to ensure effective contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Can I bring anyone with me to my appointment?

No, appointments are for one named individual only. The Registry of Deeds is operating on a limited capacity to facilitate social distancing.

Can I book multiple appointments on the same day?

Yes, subject to availability you can book both a morning and afternoon appointment on the same day. You can also book both an Index Appointment and Abstract Appointment for the same time slot, provided you can complete your research in the two hour time-slot, and that you complete work on the Index books first.   Customers can book a maximum of 3 appointments per week. This is to ensure fair access to all of our users as demand on the service remains high. 

Is there access to bathroom facilities?

Yes, the bathrooms on the First Floor only have been designated for use by visitors.