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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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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

Tens of thousands of books, great prices, friendly staff - the civil war section is simply phenomenal. It is one of the best book stores anywhere!!! Oh, let me not forget the teas. Mango citrus? Why, yes, I will have another!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Terrific bookstore. Great selection of scholarly books. Tons of great discount books. Coffee was really good too. Nice children's section with a small play area. Will stop by any time that I'm near Harrisburg.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I spent the good part of a recent Saturday in Midtown Scholar and still only covered about three sections thoroughly. I was impressed by the depth of selection/ all well organized, the helpfulness of the staff, and comfortable sitting areas to enjoy a delicious cappucchino! Highly recommended.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Whenever I have anyone visiting me from out of town, I always take them here. I've had so many great conversations here while drinking their coffee (which is great). Also, every time that I get a latte, the pour is perfect and the foam design is beautiful. My fiance and I also love flipping through the old books and reading... More

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