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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
+1 717-236-1680
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super awesome place to visit

Such a great bookstore. Huge selection, old and rare books, comfy chairs, plenty of tables, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stacey P
Went to buy 1 book..Left with 11!

I was completely thrilled with the sheer size and amount of books that were here. They have all... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
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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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  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“coffee bar” (11 reviews)
“book lovers” (8 reviews)
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1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great bookstore. Huge selection, old and rare books, comfy chairs, plenty of tables, and they host visiting authors for discussions and book signings. Great place to stop in for a visit!

Thank Stacey P
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

I was completely thrilled with the sheer size and amount of books that were here. They have all different genres and even rare and used books. I came once before and insisted that this was one of the places I came during my visit. I...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

What an amazing place! And it doesn't stop! There are levels downstairs that just keep winding around! We had to go back the next morning to finish looking around, and even then we bought so many books we had to ship them home. The coffee...More

Thank westerndriver
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Such an amazing and abundant collection of used and new books in every subject, arrayed in a seemingly endless series of rooms. Easy to lose yourself there.

Thank Helene K
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

we spent two hours here and totally enjoyed this place. there is a children's area. also a classical cafe area for hanging out. the american history section is great! highly recommended for family visit or solo

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Wow wow wow. Really for folks who love books, arts, children's literature, rare items, history books - live music, book talks - oh and a coffee bar that makes an iced coffee like a martini and smells like brownies baking - you've landed in nirvana....More

Thank constantgardener87
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Wide array of new and used books. Building itself is interesting with lots of seating. We visited on a weekday morning so very few people there. Was hoping for more textile and fiber related books but my friend found a few to purchase at decent...More

Thank svjanis
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

if you want a book, you should be able to find it. cute cafe, but no Gluten free options. several lectures were going on. could use more seating.

Thank maryann w
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We were excited when we saw the brochure for this bookstore- stating 100,000 second hand, out of print and scholarly books. We thought we'd spend several hours there, but ended up only being there about 45 minutes. The new books that were prominently displayed as...More

Thank Valerie S
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

excellent place to chill, & enjoy the atmosphere of a class act bookstore in the heart of the city, great coffee, new & second hand books, & lots of yummy pasteries

Thank tmr1885
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