Livingston Masonic Library Courses

The Livingston Masonic Library of New York is part of the New York Grand Lodge. The library has over 60,000 books, most of which are available to borrow.

As continuing education and personal development is a core value of Freemasonry, the Livingston Library has 17 reading course available for Master Masons, free of charge.

When you sign up for the program, the library will mail you a book which you can read over three weeks. If you need longer, just ask and you will be given an extension. When you finish the book, mail it back and the next book in the course will be mailed to you. Each time you complete a course,  you will receive a certificate from the Grand Lodge stating such. The certificate will be mailed or presented to you in the lodge. The only cost to the Brother is return postage.

Below is a list of all seventeen courses and a link to the program where you can download the registration form to fill out and mail in.


1. Who Comes Here? First course, featuring what we believe are the “read first”, most expository books available on vital Masonic topics:

  • Foreign Countries by Carl Claudy (M11 C57)
  • The Way of the Craftsman by Kirk MacNulty (M11 M23)
  • The Freemasons by Jasper Ridley (M10 R43)
  • The Craft and its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts (M11 R53)
  • American Freemasons by Mark A. Tabbert (M10 T11)


2. Through a Porch, the course comprising classic works of Masonic writers:

  • A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry by Henry Wilson Coil (M10 C66)
  • The Newly-Made Mason by H.L. Haywood (M10 H33n)
  • The Genesis of Freemasonry by Douglas Knoop and G. P. Jones (M10 K75g)
  • The Builders by Joseph Fort Newton (M10 N48b)
  • The Masonic Ladder by John Sherer (M14 Sh5)

3. Between Two Pillars, a more in-depth look at Masonic origins and history:

  • The Origins of Freemasonry: Facts & Fictions by Margaret C. Jacob (M10 J15)
  • Freemasonry: A History by Angel Millar (M10 M611)
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry by S. Brent Morris (M00.1 M83)
  • A Pilgrim’s Path by John J. Robinson (M10 R56p)
  • Masonic Trivia (and Facts) by Allen E. Roberts (M10 R541)

4. Up Three Steps, a course crafted around Freemasonry in the State of New York:

  • The Level Club by Bruno Bertuccioli (M52.4 B46L)
  • George Washington in New York by Allan Boudreau and Alexander Bleimann (921 W27ab)
  • Along Masonic Trails by Wilmer E. Bresee (M17 B75)
  • New York Freemasonry: A Bicentennial History by Ossian Lang & Herbert Singer (M17 Si6)
  • Random History of a New York State lodge, selected by the Reader or the Director

5. Up Five Steps, a course featuring an in-depth study of Masonic symbolism:

  • Sources of Masonic Symbolism by Alex Horne (M11 H78a)
  • Masonic Symbolism by Charles C. Hunt (M11 H91m)
  • Revelations of a Square by George Oliver (M11 Ol4r2)
  • Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning by George Harold Steinmetz (M11 St3)
  • The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Wilmshurst (M11 W68a)


6. Up Seven Steps, Freemasonry in American History:

  • Revolutionary Brotherhood by Stephen Bullock (M17.973 B87r)
  • Colonial Freemasonry by Louis C. Wes Cook (M17.973 C77)
  • Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers by Ronald F. Heaton (920 H35f )
  • House Undivided by Allen E. Roberts (973.7 R54)
  • Out of the Shadows by Alton G. Roundtree and Paul M. Bessel (M90 R76)

7. Through an Outer Door, Biographies of Prominent Freemasons:

  • T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt and His Influence on Our Times by Noel Fairchild Busch (921 R67tr)
  • Joseph Warren Physician, Politician, Patriot by John Henry Cary (921 W25c)
  • Brother Truman by Allen E. Roberts (921 T77r)
  • Stephen A. Douglas, Freemason by Wayne C. Temple (921 D73)
  • Random biography of a prominent Freemason, chosen by the Reader or the Director

8. Through an Inner Door, the Esoteric Course:

  • Arcana of Freemasonry by Albert Churchward (M11 C47a)
  • The Lost Keys of Freemasonry by Manly P. Hall (M11 H14)
  • The Rosicrucians: the History, Mythology and Rituals of an Esoteric Order by Christopher McIntosh (M10.12 M18r)]
  • Esoteric Masonry, or the Storehouse Unlocked by Phylotus (M11 P56c)
  • Book of the Words by Albert Pike (M11 P63b)

9. Into the Middle Chamber, the Comparative Religions Course:

  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong (291.211 Ar57)
  • Sacred Narrative by Alan Dundes, editor (291.13 Sa14d)
  • Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy & Religion by Diane Morgan (290 M821)
  • Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? by Paul Veyne (292.08 V64)
  • God by Alexander Waugh (231.4 W35)


10. From Labor to Refreshment, the Warden’s Course:

  • Freemasonry and its Etiquette by William Campbell-Everden (M20 C15k)
  • The Master’s Book by Carl H. Claudy (M14 C57)
  • How to Become a Masonic Lodge Officer by H.L. Haywood (M14 H33a)
  • Designs Upon the Trestleboard by Arthur R. Herrmann (M14 H43)
  • Our Stations and Places by Henry G. Meacham (M20 M46t)

11. From the East, the Master’s Course:

  • 3-5-7 Minute Talks on Freemasonry by Elbert Bede (M10.4 B39)
  • Masonic Lodge Methods by L. B. Blakemore (M14 B58)
  • A Treasury of Masonic Thought by Carl Glick (M60 G49)
  • Short Talks on Masonry by Joseph Fort Newton (M14.2 N48s)
  • One Hundred Short Prayers by May Stafford Hilburn (264.13 H54o)


12. The Tabernacle Near the Ruins, the Royal Arch Course:

  • Royal Arch, Capstone of Freemasonry by Ray Vaughn Denslow (M14.3 D43c)
  • Lessons in Capitular Masonry by Charles C. Hunt (M14.3 H91)
  • Thomas Smith Webb, Freemason, Musician, Entrepreneur by Herbert R. Leyland (921 W38)
  • Light from the Sanctuary by Charles Albert Snodgrass (M14.3 Sn5b)
  • The Royal Arch, its Hidden Meaning by George Harold Steinmetz (M14.3 St3)

13. The Secret Vault Under the Tabernacle, the Cryptic Mason Course:

  • An Encyclopedia of Cryptic Masonry by Ray Vaughn Denslow (M14.4 D43)
  • One Hundred Years, 1823-1923, of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, State of New York compiled by Herbert W. Greenland (M17.4 N48g)
  • A History of the Cryptic Rite vol. 1 by Eugene E. Hinman (M14.4 H59 vol. 1)
  • A Short Story About Cryptic Masonry by A. Thompson Phillips (M14.4 P54)

14. The Commandery, the Knights Templar course:

  • History of the Knights Templar by Charles G. Addison (M14.5 Ad2)
  • The Temple and the Lodge by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (M14.5 B14)
  • The Crusades by Michael Paine (940.18 P16)
  • The Templars by Piers Paul Read (271.79 R22)
  • Dungeon, Fire, Sword by John J. Robinson (909.07 R56d)

15. The Valley, the Scottish Rite Course:

  • Lodge of the Double-Headed Eagle by William L. Fox (M14.63732 F83)
  • History of the Supreme Council, 33°, A.A.S.R., N.M.J., U.S.A. by George Newbury and Louis Williams (M14.60731 N42h)
  • Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike (M14.6 P64)
  • Valley of the Craftsmen: A Pictorial History by Supreme Council SMJ (M17.63732 V24f)
  • Albert Pike: The Man Beyond the Monument by James Tresner (921 P63t)


16. Follow Your Conductor, the Staff Officer’s Course:

  • Chips From the Quarries by Richard H. Brown (M10.4 B81)
  • 600 Years of Craft Ritual by Harry Carr (M14 C23)
  • Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? by Arturo deHoyos and S. Brent Morris (M19.2 D361)
  • Beyond the Craft by Keith B. Jackson (M70 J12)
  • Seekers of Truth: The Story of the Philalethes Society, 1928-1988 by Allen E. Roberts (M79 R54)

17. Worthy and Well-Qualified, the Deputy’s Course:

  • A Masonic Thought for Each Day of the Year by Alphonse Cerza (M61.1 C33)
  • The Old Past Master by Carl H. Claudy (M61.1 C57)
  • Masonic Addresses by Barnard Eberlin (M10.4 Eb3)
  • The Jurisprudence of Masonry by Albert Mackey (M30 M19m)
  • Whither Are We Traveling by Dwight L. Smith (M10.4 Sm5)

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