The House of the Temple as a Treasured Resource
Local Researchers Thankful for Library
By Joan Kleinknecht, Supreme Council Librarian
The Library of the Supreme Council is being used daily by patrons who live in the neighborhood (click here for current hours). They use the library not only to do Masonic research but also as a beautiful and quiet space to study. This year, the reading room was featured on the local Washington, DC informational web site, DCist, as one of “12 Places To Turn Into A Temporary Office (That Aren't Coffee Shops)."
One person who enjoys working in the reading room is Ms. Katie Mastin. A freelance writer, she currently is working on a novel and says she is “tremendously grateful for the chance to write in the beautiful temple library. What an opportunity!” Another frequent visitor to the Temple library is Ms. Karen Solit, who has spent a number of years doing research on Robert Burns in its Burnsiana Collection assembled by William Robertson Smith. In 1880, the Library of the House of the Temple became the first library open to the public in the District of Columbia. It a tradition we proudly continue today.