About Us

The Mercantile Library, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, was founded April 18, 1835, by forty-five merchants in the pursuit of self-education and networking. We are one of nearly two-dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States. Since 1835,

The Mercantile Library has continuously sought out dynamic lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects—politics, art, literature, science, religion and more.

Our collection contains over 80,000 volumes, and covers a broad range of subjects, including contemporary fiction, non-fiction, classics, history, poetry, travel, and more.

Membership is open to anyone. For more on membership, visit here.