Borrowing Policy

Borrowing Policy and Procedures of the Livingston Masonic Library

Books are available for on-site research and reading by all Masonic and non-Masonic patrons at the Library’s Manhattan branch. Please note: The Reading Room is currently open by appointment only

Books are lent solely to members in good standing of a lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge F & A.M. of the State of New York. Once registered you will be able to receive access to physical and digital books from any of our 17 reading courses 

Physical Book Loans: 

The Library’s Circulating Collection includes books published after 1922. The Library lends books only when it has more than one copy of a particular edition. A research or shelf copy is always available on-site at the Library’s Manhattan branch.

  • Physical books are loaned for a four (4) week period.
  • Items are renewable up to 3 times.
  • Materials that have been requested by other patrons may not be renewable.
  • Books can be returned by mail or in person. 

Ebook Loans:

  • Ebooks are available through Odilo and are loaned for three (3) weeks.
  • Items are renewable.
  • Materials that have been requested by other patrons are not renewable.
  • Books are returned automatically at the end of their loan period

For more information about Ebooks and Odilo visit, the Odilo FAQ

Members wishing to receive borrowing privileges must complete the following Reader Registration & Borrowing Policy*

Once completed please return the form by e-mail to or by mail to,

Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

71 West 23rd Street

14th Floor

New York, NY 10010

If you have any questions you may contact the Library by telephone at 1-212-337-6619, or within New York State at 1-800-362-7664, ext. 619.

Once the Library confirms your membership in good standing we will mail the book to you.

Borrowers may renew by email, at or by telephone at (212) 337-6619. Borrowers are responsible for replacing books lost or damaged when signed out to them. Books may be returned to the Library by using the return-mail address label included with borrowed books. Library-rate return postage is the only cost involved in borrowing.

*Please note completing the above reader registration provides access to both the physical and digital collections of the library