Access the Library and Museum Collection During our Temporary Closure

Due to the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a precaution to protect the health and safety of our staff, the Livingston Masonic Library will remain closed until further notice. We believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible.

As a result of our closure, we are unable to accept the return of and/or request for books until we re-open. At this time we request patrons hold onto borrowed material at home and refrain from mailing books to the library until we re-open. We also request patrons do not leave their books outside the library or with the security desk at Masonic Hall as this may result in books becoming lost. Additionally, at this time due dates for loaned books have been extended through the end of June.

In the meantime, we encourage patrons to visit our website, to search our library catalog and our artifact collection.  Take a moment to read articles written by the library and museum staff including a recent post about the 1919 Time Capsule from the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hospital on the campus of the Masonic Care Community.

Interested in exploring the history of your lodge or other lodges in New York State?  Examine the individual lodge historical folders containing, historical announcements, program brochures, Lodge histories, photographs, and many other documents preserved on your behalf.  Send an E-mail to with your name and Grand Lodge ID Number and we’ll provide you with the password to access these rich collections.

If you have any questions or more detailed research requests please e-mail  and we will be sure to guide your request to the appropriate staff member.

Watch previous lectures hosted by the Library on our YouTube Channel!


Thank you,

Livingston Masonic Library Staff

Library Resources to Access From Home

Library Catalog

Discover the

Museum Catalog

Lodge Historical Files [Available only to members of the Grand Lodge of New York]

E-Resources from fellow Masonic libraries 
& museums and non-Masonic libraries & museums 

(Compiled by Director, Alex Vastola)

Alexander Masonic E-Resources List


The Library

60,000+ books are discoverable with our online book catalog.

Enter the Book Catalog

The books in the care of the Livingston Masonic Library are catalogued using the Destiny software program, licensed from Follett Software, Inc.  When you click the button below, Destiny will launch in a new window.

Please keep these quick tips in mind when using the catalog:

You will see a ‘log in’ option, but that is for staff use only.  Currently, all of our catalogue’s features are available to all of our patrons.  We will keep you posted as we make use of new services that may require a username and password.

When searching, remember to use spelling variations or different keyword choices to find more results.  For example, if you’re looking for information on the First Degree, search for ‘Entered Apprentice’ as well as ‘First Degree.’

The catalogue will not indicate if a book is available for lending.  Please copy the call number and email it to us at

The Museum

37,000  artifacts and 13,000 photographs and slides, with 48 exhibit cases throughout the building.

Enter the Artifact Collection

The Museum collection is in the care of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library and represents the history and culture of Masonry. With almost 40,000 artifacts, ephemera, manuscripts, plates and artworks in our repository, it is a leading source of primary materials contributing to the scholarship of researchers from around the world.

Our collection is made available online by PastPerfect, and is free to use by researchers. You may browse our collections by clicking the Objects tab at the top of the page. It also features Keyword and Advanced Search. Not all of our materials in the Museum collection can be made available online, for information regarding other parts of the collection please contact us, or stop by the Library located at 71 W. 23rd Street, 14th floor.