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The Mercantile Library

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Address: 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: 513-621-0717
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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A Favorite Part of my Cincinnati visit!

I was so glad that i was able to wander around this library! It was a steamy hot day in Cincinnati and I was headed back to the hotel after a disappointing day of touring the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was so glad that i was able to wander around this library! It was a steamy hot day in Cincinnati and I was headed back to the hotel after a disappointing day of touring the city when I noticed the name of this building and remembered it from researching the city. They were very nice when I asked if... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

very nice old structure with a lot of old books. the collection is vast and walking around is truly a delight. a very beautiful place

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Louisville, Kentucky
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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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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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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
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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.

Thank Jean F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 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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