There’s A Castle In Ohio That’s Also A Library And It’s A Bookworm’s Happy Place

Ohio is a wonderful place for book lovers. From 32-room bookstores to castle libraries, it’s a state made for bibliophiles. And this castle-library in Van Wert may just be the most unique place we’ve ever seen. Located in a small town in Northern Ohio, the Brumback Library is housed inside a small castle, which makes a visit here feel like something straight out of a novel. A truly unique attraction, this library castle in Ohio is absolutely worth a visit.

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Did you know about this unique castle library in Ohio? If you’ve visited the Brumback Library before, please share your experience with your fellow bibliophiles in the comments section below! And be sure to bookmark (pun intended) this feature on the Ohio Literary Trail, a 60+ stop road trip for adventurous readers!

Address: 215 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

Library Castle in Ohio

January 20, 2021

What are some other unique libraries in Ohio?

There are so many unique libraries in Ohio, but we’re particularly fond of Cincinnati’s Mercantile LibraryThe Mercantile Library is one of only two-dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States, and has been around since 1835. Housed in the 11th and 12th floors of Downtown Cincinnati’s Mercantile Library Building, this hidden gem carries more than 80,000 books for members to browse through and check out. The Mercantile Library is an absolute must-visit for both Ohio history buffs and book lovers alike.

Is Brumback Library the only library castle in Ohio?

Yes — but it’s certainly not the only unique library in Ohio. Adventurous bibliophiles will definitely want to check out (book pun!) the Ohio Literary Trail, a 60+ stop, deep dive into the literary landscape of the Buckeye State. The Ohio Literary Trail features several historical markers, notable libraries, historic homes, and other top literary destinations in the state, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, the Thurber House Museum and Thurber Center in Columbus, and Malabar Farm outside of Cleveland.

What’s the biggest bookstore in Ohio?

How does 32 rooms of books sound? Tucked away in central Ohio’s charming German Village, The Book Loft is the state’s biggest bookstore. Taking up an entire street block, this massive book store is a labyrinth of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that literary nerds only dream about: a seemingly never-ending maze of classic literature, contemporary titles, kids’ books, nonfiction, and more. As an added bonus, the bookstore also hosts an impressive lineup of famous authors throughout the year — and it’s also a favorite place for local authors to visit. The Book Loft houses an estimated 500,000 books, and you’ll need a map to navigate it.

Address: 215 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891, USA