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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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Address: 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
Phone Number: +1 717-236-1680
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00

The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over...

The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over 100,000 used, discount, & rare books in inventory, we have the largest collection of used books between New York and Chicago. Over 1 million books are available online! The Little Scholar, has hundreds of great children's and young adult titles and features weekly activities! The Yellow Wall Gallery features a different artist monthly. Also stop in to Robinson's Rare Books and Fine Prints Room. The cafe provides excellent service and great products including Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea. We host dozens of book clubs and community events weekly, as well as live music on weekends. Stop in and see for yourself why the Midtown Scholar is the hidden gem of Harrisburg! OPEN 7 DAYS!

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Amazing Selection

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is one of Harrisburg's few saving graces. It doesn't look terribly spectacular from the outside, but inside you'll find a plethora of books of all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Wendy S
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Midtown is a huge space, old building turned into an enormous bookstore. It is divided into little rooms, some of which are very poorly lit, with tight aisles, making it difficult to see what is on the floor to ceiling shelves. The maps and sign-posting is not really well done or helpful either. I had to ask for help from... More 

Thank 1AnnieEliza
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is one of Harrisburg's few saving graces. It doesn't look terribly spectacular from the outside, but inside you'll find a plethora of books of all kinds. Great place to get lost amongst the many titles (both new and old). And make sure you go into the basement area. It really seems like their selection is endless.... More 

Thank Wendy S
Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Warning...if you decide to experience this amazing bookstore, plan to spend a lot of time here. There are so many new and used books to choose from, expect to be somewhat overwhelmed...but in a good way! Grab a coffee from the cafe, pull out a few choice books, and relax in one of their many comfortable reading areas. This is... More 

Thank Terri05446
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

You don't often go out of your way to go to a bookstore, but it's been so long since we've been to one, my wife and I drove a half-hour to Harrisburg just to see this store. This is unlike any bookstore you've seen before. Huge, yet at the same time intimately arranged, Midtown Scholar contains about 250,000 books with... More 

Thank cjones1913
Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Nothing much to look at from the outside. In fact, we almost kept driving. Glad, however, that we decided to park and check it out. This bookstore is a must-visit for any book-lover! It has all types of books, as well as an amazing aesthetic. The store has three levels and several rooms full of books that you might not... More 

Thank sleepymomof3
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I have been to this bookstore twice and could visit 100 times and never see everything there is to see there. Had a great time relaxing with a piece of pie, a chai tea, and a enjoy a treasure hunt through a collection of used and rare books. The basement is amazing with a special section of art prints. Awesome... More 

Thank jenniferbowie
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Love the 1$ paperbacks on the sidewalk. The coffee shop is very nice with friendly staff and yummy treats. Not cheap, but not wildly expensive either. The basement is crazy fun to explore. I swear I thought I should find a minotaur somewhere in there. With all these wonderful books, why is the sci-fi section so tiny?

Thank Dave L
Loma Linda, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

An independent bookstore is hard to find these days, and this one has all kinds of genres to choose from in an interesting and beautiful space. The books are priced reasonably, and I understand the space can be used for events as well. There is also a cafe and lots of people were sitting around reading and/or sipping on coffee... More 

Thank msdebra007
Crowley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

If you love spending hours upon hours in a cram packed space filled with books of every subject this is the place for you. I was truly Impressed by the the volume of works in this obscure corner store. This bookstore includes a coffee bar as we.l S tables and chairs to sit and stay for a while. I love... More 

Thank Gwendolyn S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

These folks claim to have over 200,000 used, rare and discounted books plus over one million online. If you browse there for a few minutes, you'll stop counting and just glory in the riches here. The coffee and rolls were delicious and apparently they have many community activities including book clubs, book signings, poetry readings and even classical music.

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