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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
+1 717-236-1680
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Cold day wrapped in warm dreams

I have never seen so many art books in one place! You could get lost in the history section! The... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Jennifer H
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
via mobile
Great bookstore and fabulous cafe

We visited the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for the first time, and were very impressed with their... read more

Reviewed 1 February 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!
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
+1 717-236-1680

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Reviewed 4 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
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...More

Thank Wendy S
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...More

Thank Terri05446
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....More

Thank cjones1913
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....More

Thank sleepymomof3
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...More

Thank jenniferbowie
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....More

Thank Dave L
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