The National Coalition for History has just posted a press release from the National Archives, announcing a change in the College Park and Washington, D.C. facility hours. This is the text of the announcement, also available at https://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2017/nr17-67. In a nutshell, weekday opening hours will be slightly extended but both facilities will no longer open their doors for researchers on Saturdays. There is a comment option at the bottom of the National Archives press release page.
SHAFR representative to the National Coalition for History
National Archives to Extend Weekday Hours for Research Rooms in the DC-Area
Press Release · Tuesday, July 11, 2017
New research hours of 8:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. begin July 24
Beginning on Saturday, July 22, 2017, National Archives research rooms in Washington, DC, and College Park, MD will end Saturday research room operations. On Monday, July 24, new, extended weekday (Monday–Friday) operating hours of 8:45 a.m.–5:45 p.m will begin. Operating hours for the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, remain the same.
The change in hours will allow National Archives Research Services to more effectively align its resources and stay open longer on the days it serves the highest number of customers in its DC-area research rooms. Researcher visits on Saturdays have been declining over the past few years. Saturday hours at National Archives field locations were discontinued in November 2015.
The National Archives is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at: www.archives.gov.