Everyone is welcome to visit the Mercantile Library, which has an express elevator to the Library on the 11th floor of the Mercantile Building. Most programs are open to the public, but use of the collection is for members. The book collection is general, including popular fiction and non-fiction, in print, ebook, and audio formats. The Mercantile Library is one of 20 or so membership libraries still in operation in the United States. Since its founding in 1835, The Mercantile Library has continuously sought out dynamic lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects—politics, art, literature, science, religion and more. William Makepeace Thackeray, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rabbi Isaac Wise, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, David Halberstam, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Robert Caro, David Brooks, Michelle Alexander, Julia Child, Colum McCann, and Claudia Rankine are just some of the lecturers hosted by the Mercantile. 

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