Operating since 1835, The Mercantile Library has been lending books in Cincinnati almost 20 years longer than our own public library. Hidden away on the 11th floor of a downtown office building, the Merc is open to the public to browse and for events and only requires a $55 annual membership fee to check out books. This gorgeous destination for our city's refined readers boasts a formidable collection of antique books intermingled with new releases and also features esteemed literary guest speakers.
The Mercantile Library is located at 414 Walnut St., Downtown. More info: mercantilelibrary.com.
Photos by Hailey Bollinger