Midtown Scholar Bookstore

Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg: Hours, Address, Midtown Scholar Bookstore Reviews: 4.5/5

Midtown Scholar Bookstore
4.5
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
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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HappyMunching
Baltimore, MD251 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
Midtown Scholar is not the kind of place one would call a "used book store", which often conjures up images of dusty stacks of unwanted paperbacks; nor is it the kind of place one would call an "antiquarian bookseller", although the books are in great condition and appear to have been carefully selected. It lies somewhere in between the two -- much better organized and rewarding than the former, and much more affordable than the latter! Plus, it has a small coffee / tea counter inside, which makes it perfect for whiling away a few hours in a leisurely browse. Keep in mind that Midtown Scholar will not have each and every book you're looking for, and that they have only "famous authors" in their literature section -- no real "fiction" section. While there are newer books present, you won't find "new releases" or "bestsellers" screaming at you when you walk in the door. I particularly enjoyed the architecture section, the local history section, and the aisle of American regional history. If you're a book lover, you will have no trouble spending a few bucks -- or a few hundred bucks!
Written February 6, 2012
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Dracodad
Shenandoah Valley, VA74 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Pulled up and wondered what the fuss was. Not the best section of town, paperback book racks on sidewalk, unimpressive exterior. But the inside was something else entirely. The main room is a two story room with iron railings along the balconies, and an old bell hung from the ceiling. There is a large upstairs portion which has an impressive amount of used art books. There are two other levels below this and the lowest level was the most interesting. There are some very unique, rare books behind glass and an enormous room devoted to used science and nature books. First editions of jukes Verne in perfect conditions are next to 16th century hymnals.

The more we looked, the more rooms we found. Spent most of a morning and could have spent longer. Well worth a visit for any bibliophile.
Written August 2, 2013
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tarheeltraveler61
Raleigh, NC31 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
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.
Written December 30, 2013
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Sarahmedlmt
Indiana, PA200 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
There is a large assortment of books. They do their best to organize but I drove 45minutes from Gettysburg to an overpriced bookstore where I can get the same selections online at Amazon for less.

There is coffee,teas and bakery selections but on a Sunday in March.. it was a bit empty. There were also assorted homeless men (obvious) hiding in corners of the building which seemed to be a put off for some.
Written March 1, 2020
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Michael T
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Placed an order, received an email confirmation. However, nothing after that. I wrote the email number they gave me for queries about 5 times never to have a response. I called 3 times, received one general response phone call (on voice mail) saying only they would ask someone in the right department to look into it, then nothing and nothing to my follow up phone calls. There are so many responsible booksellers. This is not one of them.
Written August 30, 2021
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Jonathan H
Suitland, MD2 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
I first visited this bookstore on last Saturday (April 23rd) while visiting Harrisburg with my wife. We came up to visit the Civil War Museum (an awesome museum by the way). I dropped in late for a cup of coffee and was very impressed with the array of books and the overall atmosphere. On yesterday I stopped back by the store in the middle part of the evening with my son for a Soy Chai Latte and to get some work done on my laptop. I liked the author presentation that took place, the presenter was the former head of the Smithsonian American History Museum.

However, a part of the experience made me very uncomfortable and it dealt with my trip to the restroom (This was after I purchased my 2nd drink which was a coffee along with a Big Chocolate Chip Cookie). After being in the restroom for 10 minutes, the young lady from the counter opens the door and asks me, "IF EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT?" I told her yes everything was fine but I'm thinking to myself, "WHY IS SHE OPENING THE BATHROOM DOOR QUESTIONING A PATRON?"

After I hurried, washed my hands and stepped outside the bathroom I proceeded to the counter. I ask the young male worker what prompted the young lady to come and question me while I was in the restroom. His response was, "WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE COMING IN AND USING THE RESTROOM." My next question to the young worker at the counter was simply, "DO I LOOK HOMELESS TO YOU? I JUST PURCHASED TWO DRINKS AND A COOKIE AND I'M WORKING ON MY LAPTOP IN THE CORNER." The young worker shook his head and told me he didn't mean to imply that I was homeless. An older gentleman came over and stated he sent the female worker to the restroom because he thought a lady was in there. The older gentleman seemed very apologetic but the damage had already been done.

My recommendation is simply this: Be clear on who your patrons are. I'm a BIG FAN of Independent Book Stores. While I'm a not a native of Harrisburg, I don't believe there was anything about my exterior experience and overall trajectory that would suggest that I was homeless. A great evening left me feeling marginalized. I was actually going to purchase a book. I hope no-one else has to experience this. JH
Written May 1, 2016
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Glenn H
Palmyra, PA1 contribution
Apr 2015 • Solo
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 a purchase are those when I've just been in browsing mode, not looking for a specific title. I have not, hawever, ever been successful finding specific books that are listed on their inventory search as being shelved in this or that section of the store. I have made at least a dozen attempts to locate books on the shelves based on their online search results, and each time the books are nowhere to be found. Extremely frustrating and a definite minus for any bookstore.
Written April 22, 2015
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NanniferB
sidney, ohio83 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
Beautiful building inside, and full of interesting books. Even has some screen free areas requesting no computers or cell phone use. Could have stayed much longer but our 6 year was not interested in the story time.
Written October 14, 2013
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LRCohen
Ottawa, Canada81 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Our whole family loves used book stores. It's often our first stop in any town while travelling. The Midtown Scholar stands out because of its beauty, its excellent organization, and its sheer size. There are books on every topic imaginable, grouped by subject. There is a famous authors section. Plus they have a coffee bar, and some comfy chairs. Not to be missed when in Harrisburg!
Written August 11, 2013
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dengaro
Marlboro, NY119 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
There are a great many new and used books in this bookstore, which also sells drinks and snacks. Many books on art, movies, classics, etc., plus children's books and much more, with specialty books rather than more mainstream titles when we were there. Lots of chairs, and there is free WiFi. Great place to stop and browse.
Written May 7, 2013
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Midtown Scholar Bookstore is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM


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