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The Mercantile Library

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Address: 414 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3908
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+1 513-621-0717
09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
Sat 09:00 - 15:00

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Neat Old Library

Visited The Mercantile Library located on Walnut st. The hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 to 3 pm It's on the 11th floor . When you first walk in it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Christine S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited The Mercantile Library located on Walnut st. The hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 to 3 pm It's on the 11th floor . When you first walk in it smells very musty . They have beautiful hard woods floors with oriental rugs . There are lots of cozy spots to sit with comfy... More 

Thank Christine S
Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

What a fabulous, old, historic library. It's not entirely obvious as it occupies space in a historic downtown building but once you exit the elevator, I felt the reverence you feel when entering the Library of Congress. Reading tables, desks, stacks, busts of famous folks, a gorgeous Steinway and a large selection of periodicals can keep you there a long... More 

Thank Joann M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Those who know this place understand what a treasure it is. You take a step back in time away from cyber mania as you step through the doors. The first thing to strike you is the abundant fascinating sculpture and other works is fine art. Walk across the polished wood floor to an overstuffed I leather chair and lean toward... More 

Thank Cincylitigator
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

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 

1 Thank Titan27
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 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

Thank jlantern3
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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 

2 Thank hilolp
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 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 

1 Thank ChiChiinEurope
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 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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