If you’ve been to downtown Sterling, Colorado, you’ve seen the old library. The beautiful dark brown and tan brick building located off Sterling’s historic town square was the town’s first public library. Built in 1918, the library was part of the nationwide public library movement sponsored by Andrew Carnegie.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautiful landmark is now a unique shopping destination in eastern Colorado. Owned and operated by the Schott family, The Old Library Mercantile’s selection of vintage home decor, western art, kitchen goods, and more will inspire you to create your home’s unique story.

Browse our eclectic collections, visit our coffee shop, and watch our calendar for classes, workshops and events hosted throughout the year.

Coffee at the Carnegie

The lower level of the Old Library Mercantile will feature Coffee at the Carnegie. Created as a gathering space, we invite you to sip an espresso, enjoy a smoothie, and come chat with us. Need a place to work, relax, or visit with friends? This is the place for you. Enjoy free wi-fi and a comfortable setting to make Forever Friends.



Kukla Coffee is our coffee brand dedicated in memory of our daughter, Annalee Schott. Anna loved learning about her Russian heritage, and she especially loved her nesting dolls. The Kukla nesting doll or matryoshka has many meanings, but for us, it means that we take care of each other. “It’s what inside that counts” was a tagline we always used. You are forever in our hearts, Anna.


A Little About Us

Hello, we are Avery and Lori Schott Family.
Thank you for visiting The Old Library Mercantile!

We founded OLM as a fun, unexpected small town shopping destination for visitors and residents of eastern Colorado. With the 100-year old Carnegie Library as our setting, we strive to inspire our guests with unique finds that reflect our love for rural America.

Stop by and say hello, browse our shoppe, and visit with us over a cup of coffee. We can’t wait to meet you!