The City Archives of Reykjavik

Name: Reykjavik Municipal Archives
Address: Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Telephone: (+354) 563-1770
Fax: (+354) 563-1780
Name of director: Svanhildur Bogadóttir
Number of employees: 8
Opening hours: Mondays-Fridays 9.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.00

The Reykjavík Municipal Archives was founded in 1954 and it now preserves over four thousand linear meters of records. Guidelines for the work and aims of the Archives are found in laws and regulations about municipal archives. The Reykjavík Municipal Archives is run by the city of Reykjavík, and it has both administrative and cultural role within the city.

A part of the administrative role is to advise agencies of the city about records management and make sure they are following issued guidelines. The City Archives preserves older records of city agencies, and makes them accessible. A part of the cultural role is to collect and preserve sources about the history of both the city of Reykjavík and it's inhabitants. The Archives encourages research of history of the city and takes part in it, for example with exhibitions and publications.

The Reykjavík Municipal Archives preserves records from all agencies and companies of the City of Reykjavík. They are invaluable sources about the city for both the public and scholars. In many cases they include information about the citizens of the city, their life and work, which can have much value for the individual in question.

The Reykjavík Municipal Archives also preserves private collections from individuals, societies and businesses in Reykjavík. These collections give different view of the city than the public records.

The Archives is open and free for everyone. Access to collections is according to the Information Act and other laws in question. In the reading room, guests can order and browse through records and get copies for nominal fee. It is also possible to send inquiries by Email or regular mail.

The Reykjavík Municipal Archives recently moved to a renovated building at Tryggvagata 15, in the very heart of Reykjavík.


The Reykjavik City Archives are located in newly renovated building at Tryggvagata 15 in Reykjavik. (Photo: KB)
Reception and research room of Reykjavik City Archives, where guests can order and browse through records. (Photo: KB)