The city archives can be used by anyone who is interested. Legal regulations regarding data protection and administrative reservations must be observed and can lead to restrictions. This, of course, does not affect a citizen's right to self-determination regarding information.
The library can only be used on our premises, it is not possible to borrow books. Files and documents can not be borrowed either.
The contents of the archives are listed in search books and filing card systems: each file is listed systematically with a short description of contents. Recently, the search media for old records, the photo collection and the library have been transferred to databanks. It is not our intention however to let a computer replace the personal attention of our qualified staff. Our team is there to assist all users.
Not only historians, anyone who is interested in the history of their city, their suburb or their family can carry out research here. The address books from 1840 to the present day, literature on local history, administration reports and statistical yearbooks or our Krefeld historical yearbook "Die Heimat" (complete set from 1921 to present day) in the reading room are often sufficient to find the information required. For people researching their family tree we offer a special service: the church registers of the city from 1645-1798, with the exception of Hüls and Hohenbudberg, are accessible via an alphabetical index. Registers of local residents 1876-1945 are a particularly detailed source of information on inhabitants of the city of Krefeld and of formerly independent towns/villages from the time of their incorporation into Krefeld.
Visitors to our archives have very personal, very particular requests for information. It can therefore be advisable to make enquiries by phone or in writing before visiting. We also offer guided tours for school classes and tours with a particular theme. The city archives look forward to welcoming you as a visitor.