October 19, 2018

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'

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

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The Mercantile Library
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'
Hailey Bollinger

The 8-foot-tall statue, “Silence,” greets visitors as they enter the 11th-floor library
Hailey Bollinger

The 8-foot-tall statue, “Silence,” greets visitors as they enter the 11th-floor library

The magazine racks in this historic photo are still in use in the library today
Hailey Bollinger

The magazine racks in this historic photo are still in use in the library today

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library is Cincinnati's Very Own 'Room of Requirement'
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library collection is home to more than 80,000 books
Hailey Bollinger

The Mercantile Library collection is home to more than 80,000 books

A spiral staircase leads to the library's lecture room
Hailey Bollinger

A spiral staircase leads to the library's lecture room