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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Address: 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Phone Number: 717-236-1680
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion
Owner description: The Midtown Scholar is an award-winning bookstore & cafe. With over 100,000 used, discount, & rare...
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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!

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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166 reviews 166 reviews
52 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

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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Malta, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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