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No More Room at National Archives

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The National Archives of Iceland have been housed at Laugavegur 162 since the 1980s.Photo: Golli.

The National Archives of Iceland (ÞSK) have temporarily stopped receiving government documents due to a lack of shelf space, RÚV reports. Representatives say the government has known about the situation since at least January, but has yet to solve the problem.

“We’ve stopped receiving documents,” Eiríkur G. Guðmundsson, an archivist at ÞSK, told Fréttablaðið. “Unfortunately we can’t accept any more before we know when we will get additional space.”

Eiríkur says it has long been known that ÞSK urgently needed more room in order to continue receiving documents from government ministries and institutions. Archives employees met with representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture in January to discuss the much-needed expansion. The Ministry told Fréttablaðið that the first phase of construction has been financed and the project is only waiting for a green light from the Ministry of Education. In the meantime, the government will have to rent additional space for the temporary storage of documents which the Archives cannot receive.

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