Since its founding in 1846 the Library has collected, preserved, and interpreted the history, art, and culture of St. Louis and the state of Missouri. Our archive, rare book, manuscript, map and fine art collections encompass all aspects of Midwestern life from before the city’s founding to the present day.
In addition to our permanent exhibitions of Missouri art, railroad and riverboat models, the Shopmaker Political collection, and the Feldacker Labor Art collection, the Mercantile Library features changing exhibitions on natural history, historic maps, newspaper history and more. Our programs include lectures, collections talks, and art events that are open to the public.
Free private group tours are available by appointment by calling 314-516-7248. Located on the University of Missouri-St. Louis North Campus. Closed major holidays; hours may vary during semester breaks; see the website for current hours.