Lowell Deeds

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March 14, 2008

More Changes at Registry

by @ 4:46 am. Filed under Registry Ops

A complaint to the state’s Architectural Access Board about last fall’s relocation of the registry research area to the lower record hall has prompted that agency to scrutinize how we deliver services to the public. The fact is that accessibility of the lower record hall is limited even though that space has been used by the public at this registry without incident for more than 25 years. While the procedures we had in place – accessible computer terminals on the first floor and registry employees retrieving downstairs materials for individuals with mobility limitations – did meet the requirements of the law regarding accessibility, we decided to take another approach, one the Architectural Access Board has fully ratified. So, at close of business on Friday, March 28 (if not sooner) we will be closing the lower record hall and making it entirely off limits to the public. A smaller public research area will be created in the room that formerly housed the Middlesex South satellite recording office and that now contains registry scanning equipment – the room located just beyond the Jury Pool Room in the rear of the building. We are in the process of equipping that room with some tables and work stations so that individuals who chose to do their research here at the registry rather than online will have some space. Of course, this now means that all record books and indexes will be taken out of service permanently, but we’re confident that the new features and content that we just made available on our website (see yesterday’s post) will be a suitable replacement. As always, check back for updates.

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