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Browsing The Collections
The St. Louis Mercantile Library has broad holdings of particular interest to researchers of the history of St. Louis, Western Expansion, Western Art, railroads, and inland waterways. Processed collections can be browsed from this website, and many have digital content such as finding aids or scanned images of documents available on their individual pages.
Online Directories of our collections arranged by subject are available at:
And information about the collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum can be found at:
Collection and reference requests for on-site visits may be submitted to the library's reference request form.
Collections are available for in person viewing during scheduled hours. While walk-in appointments are accepted, please be aware portions of our collections may be off-site or restricted for conservation without notice. Contact the library with a reference request at least 10 business days in advance if you would like to guarentee material availability.
Before visiting, please review the posted reading room procedures. A librarian will review the procedures with you and answer any questions before your research session begins. If you have any questions prior to your visit, please feel free to contact a staff member.
Photography is allowed in the reading room under conditions stated in the library's rules concerning cameras.
The Mercantile Library is proud to serve researchers worldwide.
Our Digital Collections are continually expanding. If you have found a material of interest to your research that is not yet available online, please contact a curator about potential digital access for research purposes. For extensive requests, some fees may apply. See below for an image pricing list.
Librarians and Curators of the Mercantile Library have assembled many research guides on popular topics of study related to our collections of St. Louis History, American Transportation, and the American West. You may find these guides useful if you are beginning your research process.
Reproduction Fees & Copyright Information
For researchers interested in including Mercantile Library images in their publications or exhibitions, images from the collections may be purchased, with discounts for members, according to the posted images price list.
All library materials are subject to copyright.