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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
+1 717-236-1680
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50+years and 1000s of bookstores - this is the best I've visited

Wow wow wow. Really for folks who love books, arts, children's literature, rare items, history... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
northern VA
via mobile
Interesting book selection

Wide array of new and used books. Building itself is interesting with lots of seating. We visited... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Beachwood, Ohio
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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!
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“coffee bar” (11 reviews)
“book lovers” (9 reviews)
“rare books” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 21:00
1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
+1 717-236-1680
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I had no idea how HUGE and absolutely wonderful this "bookstore" is from seeing it on the outside. It used to be a movie theater in its former life and still has the marvelous stairs and wrought iron hand railings. I wanted to stay in...More

Thank bittenatthebayside
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I have never seen so many art books in one place! You could get lost in the history section! The store is big and clean. Lots of dreams and ideas on the shelves!

Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We visited the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for the first time, and were very impressed with their wide selection of books, new and used. They also have a small cafe where we had terrific homemade soup and a slice of the cake just like my momma...More

Thank urbanite1
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The outside of the bulding makes it aeem a bit small and like it wont be to big inside, but then comes the suprise when you enter. What do you see? An expansive collection of used books! The books are divided into categories and each...More

Thank travelinggiant
Reviewed 6 November 2016

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...More

Thank 1AnnieEliza
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