Committed to the principle that an informed Mason is a better Mason, the Illinois Lodge of Research encourages members to study subjects connected with the Craft and offers opportunities to share research with other lodge members and our brethren in general.

Illinois Lodge of Research Masonic Library

Affiliated with the Illinois Lodge of Research, the Library and Museum were established in 1996 through a bequest of several thousand books from the family of Brother Edmund Sadowski, a member of Casimir Pulaski Lodge No. 1167. Since that initial contribution, the collection has grown to more than 10,000 titles. Donations of artifacts related to Freemasonry are incorporated into the Museum collection.

Thanks to a grant from the Andrew Torok Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Illinois Lodge of Research shares funding for the Library and Museum. Brother Torok was a member of Wayfarers Lodge No. 1001 in Evanston and the Illinois Lodge of Research since its inception in 1976. In 1996, his estate provided a substantial endowment to fund Masonic research and education activities.

Although our periodical collection is global in scope, the collected works focus on Freemasonry in Illinois, which includes out-of-print Grand Lodge publications, plus titles on Masonic jurisprudence, paraphernalia, art, architecture, charities, and appendant bodies, as well as hundreds of museum-quality artifacts, many of which are on display.

A book-lending program is in place whereby Masons in Illinois may sign out two books for up to three weeks, with the request that postage is reimbursed by the borrower. It may not be possible to loan certain rare or antique manuscripts.

In common with many other libraries is the necessity to dispose of duplicate volumes, and a list of such titles is maintained as books are donated and cataloged. Income from these sales is used to support the operating needs of the Library and Museum, as well as to make it possible to add to the collection.

The Illinois Lodge of Research’s Masonic Library is located at the Normal Masonic Temple in Normal, Illinois. The street address is 614 E. Lincoln Street. Entrance to the temple is on the back side.

The Lodge of Research is open these days and hours:

  • Mondays, from 6pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, from 7am to 10am
  • Midweek by appointment (click here to request an appointment)

We are currently looking for a librarian for the Library. If you or someone you know is interested, send us an email.

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Mid-State Educational Symposium
March 24th, 2018 • Homer Masonic Temple, Homer, Illinois

Early Summer 2018 North-State Educational Symposium
June 23rd, 2018 • Libertyville Masonic Temple, Libertyville, Illinois

Deadline for articles for Annual Transactions
July 31st, 2018 to WB Hilton Kaufman

Lodge of Research Annual Meeting
October 5th, 2018 in the afternoon at Grand Lodge

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

— Anton Chekhov

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From a group of like-minded brethren, advice and instruction on researching and writing, to opportunities to expose your creativity, learn why our lodge is unique.

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Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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