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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 - 9:00 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
Description: 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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How this kind of great used bookstore survive in small town? great amount of books and decent cafe. you can get all kinds of books with cheap price.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

How this kind of great used bookstore survive in small town? great amount of books and decent cafe. you can get all kinds of books with cheap price.

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This was my first time visiting, and it was awesome!! I love bookstores that have this vibe (books in every possible spot). And the fact that's it's so close to my house is awesome too. The only negative is they don't have any popular fiction books, which is what I read. Most of the books are obscure non-fiction. I would... More 

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Midtown Scholar has a lot of stuff, and if you have the time to browse the shelves looking for something that interests you, then you are in luck. You'll no doubt find something to buy that interests you. I have been there quite a few times over the past few years, and the times when I've actually walked out with... More 

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Linglestown, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great coffee and sweets. A great place to browse books or meet people for coffee! Atmosphere is great!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This place is one of the best things Harrisburg has to offer. It is not only the best bookstore far and wide, but brings in music, cultural, and spiritual events for those in the community who wish to support local business and make Harrisburg a thriving city. The place is gorgeous, there are so many amazing spots in the basement... More 

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Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Love to browse the books and wait for "JUST THE RIGHT ONE." to grab my attention and interest. An example is "Winners Never Cheat". by Huntsman.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Some reviewers did not like the endless labyrinth of rooms and hallways stocked with books. I did, I liked it a lot. You get to explore while looking at an amazing selection of vintage books! Just an advance heads up, the subjects are extensive and the books are arranged by their titles. That's nice if you are looking for a... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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185 reviews 185 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

When I was growing up in the area I would have killed for something like this. It has a nice start but is a little confusing. I don't know if they know what they want to be; the strand in NYC or Starbucks or something else. The bookstore is eclectic enough but they need to separate the coffee/food a little... More 

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Hanover, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Found this amazing bookshop on the web so thought I would visit. I am a Winston Churchill (WSC) fan and to my delight online it said there were 30 books about WSC as opposed to the standard place like indigo that may have 2 or 3. The bookstore is heavily into the arts, with 2d, 3d art, music and theatre... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If we lived closer, we would probably spend every weekend browsing the thousands of books and sipping on coffee. The prices are great, and the atmosphere is what every book lover imagines a library to look like. And the cherry on top for us was the kids section with toys to keep our month old occupied. The staff was friendly... More 

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