General Information – Library

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Library Hours

**Due to ongoing health & safety concerns related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the House of the Temple Museum & Library will be CLOSED temporarily. Please check our social media pages or web site for any updates to this status. We appreciate your understanding.**

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.

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.