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Midtown Scholar Bookstore

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Address: 1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1906
Phone Number: 717-236-1680
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

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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Pleasant surprise - don't pass this one by

Nothing much to look at from the outside. In fact, we almost kept driving. Glad, however, that we decided to park and check it out. This bookstore is a must-visit for any... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Marlboro, New Jersey
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing much to look at from the outside. In fact, we almost kept driving. Glad, however, that we decided to park and check it out. This bookstore is a must-visit for any book-lover! It has all types of books, as well as an amazing aesthetic. The store has three levels and several rooms full of books that you might not... More 

Thank sleepymomof3
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this bookstore twice and could visit 100 times and never see everything there is to see there. Had a great time relaxing with a piece of pie, a chai tea, and a enjoy a treasure hunt through a collection of used and rare books. The basement is amazing with a special section of art prints. Awesome... More 

Thank jenniferbowie
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the 1$ paperbacks on the sidewalk. The coffee shop is very nice with friendly staff and yummy treats. Not cheap, but not wildly expensive either. The basement is crazy fun to explore. I swear I thought I should find a minotaur somewhere in there. With all these wonderful books, why is the sci-fi section so tiny?

Thank Dave L
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An independent bookstore is hard to find these days, and this one has all kinds of genres to choose from in an interesting and beautiful space. The books are priced reasonably, and I understand the space can be used for events as well. There is also a cafe and lots of people were sitting around reading and/or sipping on coffee... More 

Thank msdebra007
Crowley, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love spending hours upon hours in a cram packed space filled with books of every subject this is the place for you. I was truly Impressed by the the volume of works in this obscure corner store. This bookstore includes a coffee bar as we.l S tables and chairs to sit and stay for a while. I love... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

These folks claim to have over 200,000 used, rare and discounted books plus over one million online. If you browse there for a few minutes, you'll stop counting and just glory in the riches here. The coffee and rolls were delicious and apparently they have many community activities including book clubs, book signings, poetry readings and even classical music.

Thank robcurtross
Edison, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Today we decided to head out to do some shopping for books in Harrisburg. This was our first stop. It was easy to get to and had free parking in the back of the store. The surrounding area is inner city urban. Definitely be mindful walking around here. And take a whiff when you are in the side alley, it's... More 

Thank KevinsGirls
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Midstate Scholar Bookstore has an absolutely huge collection of books in all genres. They are arranged by categories such as local or state history, literature, new fiction. Prices are reasonable. It is easy to find out of print books that are no longer housed in the public library.

Thank Thomas K
Suitland, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

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... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

What a pleasant surprise to find this extraordinary & wide-ranging bookstore in downtown Harrisburg - with cafe! The vast collection, including local history, rivals any in big cities, such as famed Strand in NYC. Bet you can't walk out without buying at least one book.

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