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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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Address: 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Phone Number: 717-236-1680
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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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Lots of rare books

Looking for a non-fiction book? Well they probably have it in addition to a lovely bakery, cafe, lithograph gallery and much more. Well worth a visit. It was quite warm in summer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Baltimore, MD
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Baltimore, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Looking for a non-fiction book? Well they probably have it in addition to a lovely bakery, cafe, lithograph gallery and much more. Well worth a visit. It was quite warm in summer.

Thank irishgalinabq
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Books galore. Seem to have a great selection of local interest books by local authors. Beware: always look on the outside sales racks before purchasing a used book inside. I found what I was looking for outside for $2 - there was another copy inside on the shelf at $12!

1 Thank Tom M
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Independent bookstores like this are fast becoming extinct so it's always a treat when you find one of this scale unexpectedly. They have a little bit of everything here: In addition to the best sellers and contemporary fiction sections they have a rare and collectible books section, a whole floor dedicated to scholarly pursuits such as philosophy, religion, science, medicine,... More 

1 Thank snoogle
Camp Hill, PA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

I love the idea of the Midtown Scholar and the beautiful building in which it resides! My love affair with this business ends with the idea and building. I have gone to the Midtown Scholar to have some coffee and breakfast while I had a couple hour break in my workday. I brought along my computer to do some work... More 

Thank HRPM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited the midtown scholar bookstore with no expectations. I was suggested to not look for a book, but let a book find me. The best advice for this location. I am a book lover, my husband isn't as much, but he does love a great cup of coffee. This location had both great coffee and AMAZING... More 

Thank B H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This place was amazing. 4 levels, about 7 or more rooms of books. I loved the overlooking balcony, the small stage, the chess games and the café. They don't carry much in the way of mass market, but they have more than a room full for children's books and a massive selection of non-fiction. The Used book room was closed... More 

Thank Ilikefun
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I have been wanting to go here for some time, and we finally got a chance this weekend. Massive used book store. Great selection, well thought out set up. Topics are arranged in an easy to find manner. Well worth a stop.

Thank Tom B
Binan City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Midtown Scholar Bookstore is an amazing place for booklovers! They have a wide variety of titles in all genres. Not to mention, excellent seating. They even have a cafe...which is always a plus in my book :)

1 Thank Beka F
South Hackensack, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a must for young adults and up. It is a beautiful space and the book selection is unbelievable. The rare book room is really fascinating. They have books from 16 th century and up. Great coffee bar too

Thank Helayne W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Really loved this charming bookstore. It has a wonderful atmosphere and TONS of books. I especially enjoyed the classic section and the wonderful children's section. This is a great place to shop for used books, or just enjoy the setting while having a cup of coffee at the cafe.

Thank Rachel N

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