About the Mercantile Library

The Mercantile Library is a membership library. It is a non-profit institution supported by members' annual subscriptions, gifts, and income from an endowment fund. The Library receives no tax support. The name refers not to the collection but to the Library's founders who were young merchants and clerks. Organized in 1835, it is the city's senior library and one of the oldest cultural institutions in the midwest.

 

Affliates

The Mercantile Library is affiliated with the Membership Libraries Group. These predecessors of today’s public libraries possess collections of immense interest and are often housed in buildings of architectural and historic importance. Most of these institutions welcome visitors.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
La Jolla, California
www.ljathenaeum.org

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
www.PhilaAthenaeum.org

The Boston Athenaeum
Boston, Massachusetts
www.bostonathenaeum.org

The Charleston Library Society
Charleston, South Carolina
www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

The General Society Library
New York, New York
www.generalsociety.org

The Institute Library
New Haven, Connecticut

The Lanier Library
Tryon, North Carolina
www.lanierlib.org

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Library
Portland, Maine

The Mechanics’ Institute Library
San Francisco, California
www.milibrary.org

The Mercantile Library
New York, New York
www.mercantilelibrary.org

The Minneapolis Athenaeum
Minneapolis, Minnesota
www.minneapolisathenaeum.org

Nantucket Athenaeum
Nantucket, Massachusetts
www.nantucketatheneum.org

The New York Society Library
New York, New York
www.nysoclib.org

The Portsmouth Athenaeum
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
www.portsmouthathenaeum.org

The Providence Athenaeum
Providence, Rhode Island
www.providenceathenaeum.org

Redwood Library & Athenaeum
Newport, Rhode Island
www.redwood1747.org

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
www.stjathenaeum.org

The St. Louis Mercantile Library Association
St. Louis, Missouri
www.umsl.edu/mercantile/

The Salem Athenaeum
Salem, Massachusetts
www.salemathenaeum.net

Timrod Literary and Library Association
Summerville, South Carolina
www.timrodlibrary.org