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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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Address: 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
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+1 717-236-1680
08:00 - 21:00
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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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Interesting book selection

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... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beachwood, Ohio
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Beachwood, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 prices. Small coffee bar and a few pastries with surrounding area uninvitingly dirty. We found... More 

Thank svjanis
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a book, this store has EVERYTHING to choose from. I visited this great bookstore whilst on my holiday to the USA. Fantastic books at fantastic prices. By the way, I visited the bookstore in 2015, but the earliest date option was June 2016.

Thank _frahman01
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
York, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
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 you entered were more expensive than anticipated. They can be purchased for several dollars less... More 

Thank Valerie S
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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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
York, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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 there for hours. There are cozy nooks for reading and relaxing while you preview the... More 

Thank bittenatthebayside
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
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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 used to make.

Thank urbanite1
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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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 one is clearly marked, room after room. You can also get something to drink or... More 

Thank travelinggiant
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
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 is not really well done or helpful either. I had to ask for help from... More 

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