New Member Tour

June 25, 2017 New Mercantile Member Tour 

Attention new Mercantile Library members!  If you recently became a Library member, don't miss this great opportunity to get to know the Mercantile!  Join us at 2pm on Sunday June 25 for a docent-led tour of the collections.  Start enjoying your membership benefits today!  Not yet a member?  Call 314-516-7248 to find out how to become part of the Mercantile Family! 


Annual meeting

July 14, 2017 St. Louis Mercantile Library Annual Meeting 

Join us on Friday July 14 from 2-4pm in Room 315 of the Thomas Jefferson Library Building as we discuss recent acquisitions and accomplishments.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Guest speaker will be Nick Fry, Curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.  Call 314-516-7248 to provide your RSVP.  

Eclipse Cruise

August 21, 2017 Eclipse Cruise on the Mississippi 

Join us on Monday August 21 from 10:30am-5pm for a viewing of the 2017 Solar Eclipse from the Tom Sawyer Riverboat.  This will be the first solar eclipse to take place in the continental U.S. in 38 years and the first for most of the greater St. Louis area since 1442.  UPDATE: This event has sold out!  Thanks to everyone for your interest.  

Schimmel Exhibition Opening

August 27, 2017 Members' Opening and Bixby Ice Cream Social 

Join us on Sunday August 27 from 2-4pm for the opening of the new exhibition, OK! I'll Do it Myself!  American Women's Frontier Narratives from the Caroline Schimmel Collection.  This event is free but your RSVP is appreciated.  Call 314-516-7248 to register.  


Give STL Day

October 27, 2017 Members' Opening and Bixby Book Club Halloween Party  

Join us on Friday October 27 from 6-9pm as we celebrate the opening of the special exhibition Headlines of History: Historic Newspapers of St. Louis and the World Through the Centuries at the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association.  This event is free but your RSVP is appreciated.  Call 314-516-7248 to register for the event. 

Tern Press

Tern Press: Printing and Illustrating Timeless English Literature and the Art of Nicholas and Mary Parry 

On Level Two through August 2017

The Mercantile Library has collected the works of private presses for generations, and has built some extraordinary holdings in the book arts, fine bindings, and fine printings which can be used for study and projects in a number of research applications. The main interest of the Mercantile has been to collect a broad, exemplary collection of American presses and printers.  At the same time the Library never neglected the English presses.  When a press demonstrates a particluar adeptness in merging art and design with print and paper, the Library, with its additional mission of providing an unusual museum setting as well, is particularly interested, and no press here has been more admired or more fully collected than Tern Press because of that artistic quality.  For more information click here.

About Vietnam

Presidents and War

In the Shopmaker American Political Collection Gallery through June 2017

This focused exhibition examines the role wars have played in political campaigns and presidencies.  A variety of materials including glassware, campaign buttons, posters, photographs, political cartoons, newspapers and books illustrate how war and military conflicts have impacted presidents and candidates from George Washington to Barack Obama.  The artifacts show how Washington’s role as soldier-president set an example that was utilized by candidates to reinforce their image of leadership, how candidates have sought and won the endorsement of veterans and the military, how candidates used fear of war and the promise of peace as a powerful campaign tool, and how presidential handling – or mishandling – of wars affected their presidencies.  This special exhibition is drawn from the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Political Collection, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat archives, and the Mercantile Library archival and rare book collections.  


The Nature of Light: Photographs by Heidi Lopata Sherman

On Level One through June 2017

Heidi Lopata Sherman (1954-2014) was, in her own words, “obsessed with light.” This retrospective exhibition presents the broad range of Sherman’s work, including small format platinum print landscapes, large format silver gelatin print landscapes and interiors, and brilliant large format flora studies.

Lincoln Exhibition

Lincoln: The Changing Face of an American President

In the Shopmaker Political Print Gallery through January 2018

The changes in Lincoln’s appearance that were manifested over the period of his presidency reflect the rigors of the Civil War and the personal tragedies he suffered with the death of his son, Tad.  This exhibition traces these changes through a selection of images of Lincoln across several media, including prints, photographs, sculpture and textiles.  The portraits tell the story of Lincoln’s rise from young circuit lawyer to inspiring president to icon of American democracy.  

Schimmel Opening

Ok, I’ll Do It Myself! American Women’s Frontier Narratives from the Caroline Schimmel Collection

Opening August 27, 2017

Headlines of History

Headlines of History: Historic Newspapers of St. Louis and the World Through the Centuries at the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association 

Opening October 27, 2017