I dig used book stores. They're a dying breed. I was in Gettysburg and discovered the store's brochure, claiming they have the largest book collection between NYC and Chicago. So naturally, I was curious. It did not disappoint. It's a sprawling collection on three floors that reminded me of college libraries. lots of old, forgotten books, complete antique libraries and impressively old editions by classic authors. There are some nice finds if you like old and neglected. I discovered an old Dickens book, fastened together by rubber bands, which I bought for $60. I have no clue if it's worth that much. I just wanted it for my library.
The building is very impressive. It has an old tavern feel. There is plenty of space to lounge and chill. There are numerous performance spaces and a saloon-like coffee bar.
If anything, the collection is too sprawling - books are bursting out of the building. The fiction section starts adjacent to the children s section, set aside on the wing. I was a little lost, and I was the only one actively browsing the books and no clerk came to help me. And as for the area itself - well, historic Harrisburg isn't so beautiful anymore. I parked my car during the day and even then I found myself peeking my head out to check if my car was okay. It's that kind of area. Maybe I was overreacting, but it's not the cleanest or most hospitable part of town. Kudos to the owners for advertising their wares. I won't be going again but it's worth a trip if you dig used books... emphasis on used. Just lock your car.
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