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Working conditions at the National Archive in Minsk are very good. Materials are delivered promptly - either the same day or the next day after they are ordered. Some come in microfilm, for which there are machines in the reading room. The hours are 9-5 Tuesday - Thursday, 9-4 Fridays. Mondays the archive is closed. The main minus is the high cost of xeroxing - 50 US cents per page. The Library of the Academy of Sciences and the National Library are also easy to use and are open on weekends, and the xeroxing is much cheaper. In general the research climate for foreigners is not so bad considering the country's politics.