We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Mercantile Library

414 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3908
+1 513-621-0717
Review Highlights
Worth a membership

The Mercantile Library is a jewel in downtown Cincinnati. The architecture, the collections, the... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
Neat Old Library

Visited The Mercantile Library located on Walnut st. The hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 5:30... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Christine S
via mobile
Read all 11 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good18%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
23 Aug 2017
“Worth a membership”
18 Feb 2017
“Neat Old Library ”
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
414 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3908
Central Business District
+1 513-621-0717
Write a ReviewReviews (11)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 23 August 2017

The Mercantile Library is a jewel in downtown Cincinnati. The architecture, the collections, the staff, the programs, and the volunteers are all wonderful. It is simply a lovely, quiet place to listen to an interesting presentation, attend a book discussion, meet with a group or...More

1  Thank msc196
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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...More

1  Thank Christine S
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,...More

Thank Joann M
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....More

Thank Cincylitigator
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...More

2  Thank Titan27
Reviewed 25 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
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...More

3  Thank hilolp
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...More

1  Thank Road_to_paradise
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...More

1  Thank ChiChiinEurope
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
Nearby Restaurants
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
650 reviews
.16 km away
Via Vite
502 reviews
.19 km away
Graeter's Ice Cream
84 reviews
.18 km away
Boi Na Braza
303 reviews
.17 km away
Nearby Attractions
Carew Tower
512 reviews
.21 km away
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
777 reviews
.37 km away
Fountain Square
1,065 reviews
.17 km away
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
301 reviews
.40 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Mercantile Library staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines