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The Mercantile Library

Address: 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
Phone Number: 513-621-0717
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Ranked #41 of 65 Attractions in Cincinnati
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Louisville, Kentucky
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

My husband and I stopped here because I love old books and libraries. The Mercantile Library did not disappoint. Found some great older editions of Shakespeare, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, and many other loved books. It seems they have a great events calendar and if we were going to be in town for more than a day, we would... More 

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cincinnati ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I've attended some world-class recitals here, of serious music from different periods and styles. It may be Cincinnati's best kept secret, but the library has been host to some amazing productions. Their Christmas Concert, which I think was created by WGUC, offered some fabulous music and musicians.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

This hidden treasure trove is worth the visit, if only to see what a beautiful collection of the truly interesting books of the world would look like. The real plus here, though, is the level of thought and commitment that go into the book clubs and programs that the library offers. If you are a bibliophile you will be in... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Must see location for anyone interested in the preservation of interior spaces that have meaningful atmosphere. So many public spaces have been sterilized and thus lack any specificity. This is a great library space that is also a gathering place for literary programs and events.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

The Mercantile Library, a membership library at 414 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH. located on the 11th and 12th floor of the MERCANTILE building, receives no tax support. It is a non-profit librtary supported by annual subscriptions and membership is affordable and opened to anyone without restrictions. The library is celebrating it's 175 years of operation after being organized in 1835,... More 

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