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THE CONVERGENCE OF CURIOSITY AND
KNOWLEDGE
THE MERCANTILE LIBRARY

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THE LITERARY CENTER OF THE REGION

On April 18th, 1835, forty-five merchants and clerks from boomtown Cincinnati came together to create the Young Men’s Mercantile Library Association. To fulfill its initial mission, the Library maintains and expands its historic collection of books while presenting an expansive schedule of events. Full of visits by authors and writers, book discussions, workshops, and forums, there’s something on the schedule for all bibliophiles. Additionally, the Library is home to a diverse collection of artworks including portrait busts, paintings, and the sketchbooks of Cincinnati-trained artist Elizabeth Nourse

The Mercantile is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

414 Walnut Street
11th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Membership

MEMBERSHIP
LEVELS

 

INDIVIDUAL

$55 Annually

Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
- Reduced ticket price for programs
- Advance notice of library programs
- Quarterly newsletter and booklist
- Weekly e-newsletter each Monday

Purchase

HOUSEHOLD

$90 Annually

Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
- Reduced ticket price for programs
- Advance notice of library programs
- Quarterly newsletter and booklist
- Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
- Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address

Purchase

PATRON

$125 Annually

- Household benefits plus…
- Non-member guest ticket to designated programs
-Invitation to the Holiday Party & Season Preview

Purchase

SUSTAINING

$250 Annually

- Patron benefits plus…
- Free Individual gift membership (new member only)

Purchase

 Additional levels available in our online store.

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Community

CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY

Interest Groups

INTEREST
GROUPS

The Library is home to a growing list of reading and discussion groups organized by members to address various interests. Groups usually meet in the twelfth floor lecture hall. Because they are based on conversation and active participation, enrollment in groups may be limited. Reservations are required. Groups form throughout the year. Check back regularly for information on new groups. A current selection of interest groups offered by the library  includes: ‘The “American Mayor” Discussion Group’, ‘Tales of Genius’, ‘Canon Club: Act II’, ‘Walnut Street Poetry Society’, and ‘First Wednesday Book Discussion Group’. For more information on each specific group including overviews, meeting times and more, please visit our Interest Groups page.

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CONTACT

Contact Information

Please get in touch with us for additional information about The Mercantile Library.
If you’re interested in joining our institution, please visit our membership section.

Email address: mercantileinfo@mercantilelibrary.com
Phone: 513 621 0717
 
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