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“Private Library for those seeking silence” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Mercantile Library

The Mercantile Library
414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
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Ranked #41 of 64 Attractions in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Private Library for those seeking silence”
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 book-heaven,

Visited June 2012
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“Mercantile Library”
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.

Visited May 2012
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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, as one of the oldest cultural institutions in this gendre.

The Mercantile Library recently completed a very successful restoration and remodel of the facility, funded by accumulated annual subscriptions, gifts (monetary and in kind),and income from endowments. This update will hopefully last another 175 years.

The subscription membership is a who's who of the movers and shakers of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Yet, it is open and used by the general public without restrictions.

In addition to the volumns of books, periodicals, research documents, tapes, discs,and other educational and cultural sources, this facility is a delightful place to curl up in a overstuffed leather chair located in a corner and throughout the library to rest and relax or to partake in a refreshment.

The staff is very friendly, and accomodating.

There are many lectures, reciteals, interest groups, and lunch time discussions offered through out the year on a regular basis. At lunch time, box lunches are available with a reservation for the event.

Although now 175 years old, the Mercantile Library is alive, well and very vibrant!!!!!

For more information visit the web site, http://www.mercantilelibrary.com

Visited November 2011
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