Membership

Membership

Membership libraries trace their history in America to the 18th century, when Benjamin Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia. These libraries played a significant role in their communities. While most subscription libraries were replaced or taken over with the advent of free public libraries in the 19th century, several have survived and thrived.

The Mercantile Library is one of nearly two-dozen membership libraries remaining in the United States.

Anyone may belong to the Library. There are no requirements of residency and there is no need to be nominated by a member. Membership is diverse in age, income, and cultural background. The historic name of the Library is the Young Men’s Mercantile Library Association, but women have been members for more than a century.

Members are united by an interest in the printed word. The basic annual subscription is $55.00. Household membership entitles all members of a household to use of the Library. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to visit the Library, but use of the collection and reading room is restricted to current subscribers.

To purchase or renew a membership, visit our online store or call 513-621-0717

Membership Levels and Benefits

Individual: $55
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am

Household: $90
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am

Patron: $125
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am
Non-member guest ticket to designated programs

Sustaining $250
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am
Non-member guest ticket to designated programs
Free Individual gift membership (new member only)

Thackeray Society $500
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am
Free Household gift membership (new members only)
Option to pay in monthly installments of $42

Melville Circle $1,000
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am
Free Household gift membership (new members only)
Rental Waiver for a private event in the 12th Floor Lecture Hall
Option to pay in monthly installments of $84

Benefactor $1,500
Borrowing privileges and use of the Reading Room
Free or reduced admission to programs
Advance notice of library programs
Quarterly newsletter and booklist
Weekly e-newsletter each Monday
Benefits apply to everyone who lives at your address
Twice-weekly Yoga: open to members only Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 am and Saturdays 9 – 10 am
Free Household gift membership (new members only)
Rental Waiver for a private event in the 12th Floor Lecture Hall and Reading Room
Option to pay in monthly installments of $125