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Library Hours

**CLOSURE UPDATE** House of the Temple offices are open on a normal schedule, but at reduced capacity. The building, however, will remain closed to visitors & tours until further notice. Please stay safe, & we hope to see you soon.

The House of the Temple Library is open Monday–Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm.

The library is closed Fridays and all Federal holidays.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to call 202–232–3579 or check the official Twitter account (@MasonicMuseum) prior to coming to confirm the library will be open.

Reading Room Etiquette

The House of the Temple Library & Museum is meant to be used as a quiet space for study and research. Please observe the following rules during your visit:

  • No smoking/vaping, eating, or drinking.
  • Researchers using rare books or manuscripts are asked to take notes in pencil only.
  • Portable computers are permitted, but please use headphones when listening to audio.

Searching the Collections

The librarians in the Supreme Council Library are striving to have the best Masonic Library in the world. We are constantly updating and adding to our collection. If you are interested in a particular collection of books we have, to locate these you would:

  • go to the online catalog ;
  • at the top of the page, go to SEARCH then ADVANCED SEARCH then go to the SERIES search field;
  • type in the collection of your search:
    • The Albert Pike Collection
    • Anti-Masonic Pamphlets
    • Burnsiana (Robert Burns)
    • Footsteps of Walgren 1851–1875
    • Footsteps of Walgren 1876–1900
    • International Masonic Collection
    • International Masonic Periodicals
    • Lincolnia Collection
    • Masonic Addresses
    • Masonic Collection
    • Masonic Special Collection
    • Special Collection (general books)
    • The Taylor Collection

Once you pick the series, you will then see how many books are in that collection, and they will all be in alphabetical order.

The online catalogue is limitless on how you can search; this is just and example on how to do a “Series” search. If you ever need help, you can always call 202–232–3579 or email library@scottishrite.org, and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

SEARCH THE CATALOG

Reference Links

Masonic Libraries

Classical Architecture

Institute of Classical Architecture and Art video Series: “The Foundations of Classical Architecture”

Contact Us

The staff of the Library, Archives and Museum is available Monday–Thursday to assist the public in the use of the House of the Temple’s collections.

We encourage researchers with special requests to contact us in advance so that sources can be ready for their use.