Freemason Books...Basic Foundational Reading
Free, Downloadable Masonic Books
The following links will take you to Masonic websites where you can browse from a list of many different Freemason books which are in .PDF format.
If you are curious about the craft and want to learn more about Freemasonry, the links to other Masonic websites which offer them are below.
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The Masonic books below, may be purchased on Amazon.com
There are literally thousands of Masonic books about Freemasonry's different facets. However, I feel that the books, below, will give you an excellent foundation to begin your Masonic reading journey.
The Craft and Its Symbols by Allen Roberts.
As a newly Entered Apprentice, if you only buy one Masonic book, make it this one.
If you are looking for a gift for the Freemason in your life, especially before their Entered Apprentice degree, this book will help the new Freemason to understand the symbolic meanings within each conferred degree before it is conferred.
The Craft and Its Symbols explains the symbols and symbolism within the ritual of each of the 3 degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason.)
This book should be on the shelf in every lodge library for new members to check out and return, (of course). If it is not currently on your library shelf, consider donating a few to your lodge library for new (and existing) members to read.
Introduction to Freemasonry by Carl H. Claudy
The Newly-Made Mason by H.L. Haywood
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry by Brent Morris
Blue Lodge Proficiency Guide by Johnny Valentino
Learning Masonic Ritual by Rick Smith
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual
An in-depth study of ritual words that are often memorized and spoken, but rarely fully understood.
The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation by Robert Lomas
Freemasons For Dummies by Christopher Hodapp
101 Secrets of Freemasons by Barb Karg and John K. Young
The Meaning of Masonry by W.L. Wilsmhurst
Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry-Volumes 1-3
by Dr. Albert Mackey and enlarged by Robert I. Clegg
Excellent reference books for quickly looking up history, symbols, words, and their meanings. Excellent for Masonic Lodge education officers to read and inculcate to members. It is also excellent for anyone who truly wishes to understand the history of Freemasonry; its lodges, Grand lodges and the Scottish and York Rites, Knights Templar, and much more.
The Symbolism of Freemasonry by Dr. Albert G. Mackey
Look to the East by Ralph P. Lester
Duncan's Ritual by Malcolm Duncan
The Principles of Masonic Law by Albert G. Mackey
Masonic Catch-e-Kism by M.J. Barrett
A Question and Answer book.
Old Tiler Talks by Carl Claudy
A good book for a Past Master who enjoys continuing his own knowledge and to help him mentor the brethren.
The Lodge Officer's Handbook by James Hatcher
An invaluable learning tool for any brother who is moving up through the chairs and needs to know what is expected of him in each officer's position. Highly recommended.
Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. by Christopher Hodapp
A Bridge To Light by Rex R. Hutchens
An introspective explanation of the Scottish Rite upper degrees.
Morals and Dogma of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: First Three Degrees by Albert Pike
Masonic Words and Phrases by Michael R. Poll
The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons by Michael Haag
The History of Freemasonry; Its Legendary Origins by Dr. Albert Mackey
Mackey's Jurisprudence of Freemasonry by Dr. Albert G. Mackey
Masonic laws and governance. Some of your own Grand Lodge laws may supercede these written laws, however, this book is foundational to understanding and practicing Masonic law.
Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance by Andrew Hammer
"Observing the Craft" is about the necessity of revisiting and re-embracing the true spiritual light within Freemasonry through study and a deeper understanding of its principles.
This book provides an excellent introspection into the need to go "back to the basics" within our lodges, and it rightfully calls each member to be a guiding light to assist both new and long-time brothers to truly learn the meaning of the Craft, and not simply be satisfied to only memorize the words within the ritual.
The Masonic Wife was written to answer many of the questions that men and women have about Freemasonry. It will answer questions such as: Is Freemasonry Good or Evil?, and "If it's such a "good" fraternity, then, why is it so secretive?"
Rare Masonic Books
If you are a collector of original or older works by famous Freemason authors of rarely found Masonic books for your Masonic library, feel free to browse the links on my Rare Masonic Books page.
Even if you are not a collector, you may find many of these works to be interesting historical Masonic reading.
Rare Masonic Books
If you are a newly Entered Apprentice, I would suggest you read about one of Freemasonry's most important symbols
The Pythagorean Theorem, also known as the 47th Problem of Euclid
Masonic Degree Verses