Livingston Masonic Library Re-Opening Procedures

Livingston Masonic Library & Museum Re-opening Procedures:

General Information:

  • Patrons must wear a mask at all times when visiting the Library to return books
  • All in-person visits are by appointment only
  • Patrons must use hand sanitizer as soon as they come into the Library, which will be available for patrons from a hand sanitizer dispenser placed just inside the front door
  • All patrons will be required to write the date of their visit to the Library, their name, and their contact information in the Library’s guest book
  • The staff of the Library & Museum on-site is limited: therefore, it will take longer for the staff to answer genealogy and research requests and run the Masonic Reading Course
  • All genealogy and research requests should be sent to the Library via email to either the Librarian, Joseph Patzner (JPatzner@nymasoniclibrary.org) or the Director, Alexander Vastola (Avastola@nymasoniclibrary.org)
  • The standard work hours of the Library & Museum are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Visits:

  • No walk-in visits by patrons or researchers
  • All in-person visits are by appointment only

General Circulation/Research Procedures:

  • Requests for books from patrons should be emailed to either the Librarian, Joseph Patzner (JPatzner@nymasoniclibrary.org) or the Director, Alexander Vastola (Avastola@nymasoniclibrary.org)
  •  Research Requests – materials will be prepared, scanned, and emailed to patrons
  • With book returns – if patrons want to return or borrow a book from the library in person, they should set up an appointment with the Library ahead of time
  • There will be a book drop located just outside the Library’s front door for patrons to return their books in case some patrons decide to return their books outside of Library’s standard work hours
  • Preferably, patrons who mail books should mail them directly to the library at the following address: The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge 71 West 23rd Street, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010
  • For currently borrowed books, all late fees are waived and due dates for books are extended for the time be (as the Library has been doing since April of 2020)
  • *Regarding Museum Artifacts – the museum staff of the Livingston Masonic Library will not show or send artifacts out to Masonic Lodges or Masonic organizations until September of 2020

The Masonic Reading Course:

  • Patrons should hold onto the books they have borrowed until the Library more fully re-opens. Once this happens patrons should mail the books to the Library to minimize contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but will still have the option to return books in-person.
  • Reading Course Certificates will be mailed directly to patrons instead of to the staff officers since Masonic activities are still closed

Donations to the Library & Museum:

  • The Library & Museum will not accept donations of books or artifacts until September of 2020

Library Lecture Series:

  • All future Library Lectures will be TBD (to be determined) based on how New York City slowly reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and whether or not there is a COVID-19 resurgence in the Fall of 2020

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 info@nymasoniclibrary.org.

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.