The St. Louis Mercantile Library has been preserving the history, art, and culture of St. Louis and the state of Missouri for 173 years. 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 frequent special 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 public tours are available Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with no reservation needed. Located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis North Campus. Closed major holidays; hours may vary during semester breaks; see the website for current hours.