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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
717-236-1680
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Ranked #1 of 3 Shopping in Harrisburg
Type: Specialty Shops
Owner description: The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over 100,000 used, discount, & rare books in inventory, we have the largest collection... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Malta, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

When there are more books shelved outside than you normally see in most used bookstores, you know you've found a gem. Took half an hour to even get in the door on a sunny day with rolling carts lining the walkways. Wow. This former department store has been lovingly converted into a center for books, the arts, music, and community.... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

If you are a book lover, like me, and you have a full day or a few hours to spend, do so here. there are 3-4 levels with various nooks and crannies. It was like a literary maze! With originals and newer material. It was great!!! They do have a coffee bar and a bakery in it as well. Coffee... More

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virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The family is staying at the Residence Inn located in Harrisburg, PA as the launching off point for a long weekend at Hersey Park. But before we set off for the sweetest place on Earth, we detoured into downtown Harrisburg solely on the basis of one of those hotel lobby pamphlets. This one for Midtown Scholar Bookstore billed the place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We spent a few hours here on a whim as we drove through town. The maze of rooms will keep you digging and discovering new things at every turn. A highlight for us was a scrapbook about a young boy named Gale Johnson. The book was made by his mother in 1915, using in an old ledger journal. He was... More

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Planned to check it out for 5 minutes before hitting the road; stayed for over an hour.- every topic you could imagine -my out of print high school Spanish book brought back a flood of great memories- especially since I became a Spanish teacher :). Also ntique books, the unexpected treasure of a small enclave housing precious books and fabulous... More

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

But, then, what bookstore could be Powell's (in Portland, Oregon) but Powell's itself? This is one of the better bookstores I have visited, and I make it point to find used bookstores in every city I visit, probably about 30 per year. Midtown is owned by the mayor of Harrisburg and has a great coffee bar with locally-baked pastries. Plenty... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

In addition to the huge charm factor (who hasn't dreamed of their own wood-lined library, complete with mezzanine and barista?), Midtown Scholar Bookstore is well-stocked with tomes on Pennsylvania history, used books of all types, and art. Go just to see the mural. Midtown Scholar is easy walking distance from the Capital and it's right across from the Broad Street... More

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was one of our favorite places on our 10 day trip! The staff behind the coffee bar was wonderfully kind and helpful. The book selection was so incredible. We went there each night after supper to unwind and read. It is definitely a place to see!

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Brooklawn, NJ
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

With used book stores, you never know quite what you are going to get. I've been to some great ones, and then others just flopped miserably. I'm pleased to say that the Midtown Scholar was a very pleasant find. Parking was very convenient (ignore the naysayers about neighborhood - it's not bad, definitely in an urban setting but that's half... More

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I ordered a textbook online through the B&N site by mistake, and had no means to cancel it electronically. Upon calling, I was advised to cancel the order by contacting Midtown Scholars directly. Instead of receiving a confirmation of cancellation, I received an email from their Customer Service representative on the following day, which stated they could not guarantee that... More

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