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  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell
  • Face coverings are required at all times, unless you carry a valid exemption card/badge
  • Everyone who enters the building is required to have their temperature checked and use the hand sanitiser. The temperature check is contactless. Hand sanitiser is available throughout

If you haven’t previously done any research into freemasonry and are looking to learn more about family members that may have been freemasons, you may find our family history pages useful before booking a research slot.

We're looking forward to seeing you again!

When can I visit

You do not need a general admission timed entry ticket to book a research visit.

Three research spaces are available each morning and afternoon from Wednesday through to Saturday.

You can book both a morning and afternoon session if necessary.

You must book at least three days in advance of your planned visit.

To book your place, email us or telephone 020 7395 9257.

Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.

How do I prepare for my visit

After booking your place, let us know what library and archive resources you want to see. You will have to order items at least three days before you visit. Our online catalogue is here.

Make sure you bring your library card with you.

Please note: not all books have unique call numbers, so add details of the author, title and year of publication (if known). Also send us dates, titles and call numbers for archives, or get in touch to discuss items you want to see.

Books and archives must be quarantined for 72 hours after use. Access to some items may not be possible if booked by another researcher or if they are in quarantine. Be aware ordering more resources or booking more sessions than you need prevents access by others.

The front desk at Freemasons’ Hall will expect you. Also, please check in at the Museum welcome area in the North Gallery. We will ask you to wash your hands with water – not use sanitiser – before handling books and archives.

One of our team will bring you to the Library where your resources will be waiting on an allocated desk.

I want to register as a reader

If this is your first research visit, you'll need to register as a reader so download the form at the bottom of this page, fill it out and email it to us before you come.

Bring valid photo ID and proof of address. A card will be issued when you get here.

What facilities are there

The cloakroom is not open, so please don’t bring anything you can’t carry with you. You cannot leave personal belongings unattended in the Library.

The toilets are open in the Museum corridor and are cleaned regularly.

Please keep your distance from those not in your party.

To make sure you have a safe and productive time, please follow any further instructions given to you by our team.