Midtown Scholar

Midtown Scholar

Bookstore and Coffee Shop · Midtown
1302 N 3rd St (at Verbeke St & the Broad St Market), Harrisburg, PA 17102, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 8:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–7:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

Books * Cafe * Art Gallery * Music * Community * Rare Books & Fine Art Prints * Children's Wing * Bakery * One of America's Great Independent Bookstores, with more than 100,000 used, new, and rare books in our 3rd Street shop, and over 1 million titles in our internet... (See all)


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    "Find a rare book, a new favorite or art."(4 Tips)
    Jayden L.
    "... of both new and used books, hosts TED talks on certain Sundays, and..."(2 Tips)
    Tanner S.
    "... friendly, and the cafés have fantastic food/drinks. Make sure you..."(6 Tips)
    Matthew C.
    "Great place for live music."(3 Tips)

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  • friendly staff
  • skim milk
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  • Matthew R.

    Location of 2nd ever Occupy Harrisburg GA in October 2011 before we began protesting at our state capital. This evening we have a spoken word cafe. Great community hub for surrounding municipalities.

    Matthew Rissmiller · 21 hours ago
  • Nikole O.

    Absolutely stunning. A treat for all book lovers, just be prepared to get lost for several hours.

  • Mark

    It's a gathering place, a book store gallery and coffee shop all rolled into one fine place. Find a rare book, a new favorite or art. Also they have Outofprint tshirts to show your love of literature.

    Mark · April 29
  • Rebekah Paige S.

    The coffee is amazing! And the atmosphere makes me want to go back!

  • Mii K.

    So many books! The kids section has a great selection of old and new.

    Mii Knauer · February 28
  • Nicole G.

    Rows upon rows and floors upon floors of books! I think I'm in love.

    Nicole Gilpin · January 25
  • Deepti A.

    Rare books collection is fantastic. The breadth of each genre is quite overwhelming .

    Deepti Alla · December 12, 2014
  • Jeff O.

    Books, collectible books and prints

    Jeff O'Neal · November 8, 2014
  • Kevin K.

    Grab a map when you get in--it's easy to get lost.

    Kevin Knutson · October 26, 2014
  • Vinny R.

    Hot chocolate and wonderful books!

    Vinny Romanella · August 24, 2014
  • Molly

    Smoothies are great.

    Molly · August 8, 2014
  • Tanner S.

    Book selection is INCREDIBLE, the staff is extremely friendly, and the cafés have fantastic food/drinks. Make sure you give yourself a few hours to explore here, you'll want to stay all day!

    Tanner Sanderson · June 8, 2014
  • TheNewMovement L.

    I am a major book junkie and a religion and philosophy major. I just want to say go to the belly of this place bottom floor right, right,left,right and another left. YOUR HOME LIBRARY WILL THANK YOU!

  • Paul T.

    I miss Trent! Such a great fellow to chat with! Good luck, Trent! You are one of a kind!

    Paul The Gold Guy · November 14, 2013
  • Bubbles

    I totally bought a book there!

    Bubbles · July 28, 2013
  • Shawn M.

    Try the chai latte!

    Shawn McClearn · July 6, 2013
  • Jayden L.

    A great hangout on a sunny afternoon or a rainy day: the Midtown Scholar has a large collection of both new and used books, hosts TED talks on certain Sundays, and has a lovely cafe with yummy coffee.

    Jayden Lee · May 21, 2013
  • Andrew C.

    Very awesome place. Cross of used/old and rare books, coffee shop, and maze (of books). If I lived in the area or visited frequently, I would definitely be a regular

    Andrew Claus · November 20, 2012
  • Just Plain Yoga

    our local used book store. it's HUGE! a fun excursion and they have a nice coffee bar.

    Just Plain Yoga · September 12, 2012
  • Midtown Scholar

    Try our new Fruit Tea Smoothies like Mango-Mango, or Blended Iced Lattes flavored with hazelnut, vanilla, or what have you.

    Midtown Scholar · September 2, 2012
  • Dave R.

    the newer tables make pretty good stand-up desks!

    Dave Robertson · August 9, 2012
  • Sheri Fresonke H.

    Awesome place to buy books

    Sheri Fresonke Harper · April 24, 2012
  • Saoul T.

    Staff.is always helpful and friendly!!!!

    Saoul Tros · April 20, 2012
  • Twiin R.

    its peaceful here

    Twiin Riollano · April 7, 2012
  • PennLive | The Patriot-News

    Sue says: "By spring, you’ll be able to take a seat the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg and order a slice of brown sugar pound cake or sweet potato pie." Read more

    PennLive | The Patriot-News · January 25, 2012
  • Mary C.

    Found this place by accident and fell in love. You'll never know what you find on the shelves, but there's something for everyone. I found a bio of Fanny Kemble and a few travel memoirs.

    Mary Coyle · January 4, 2012
  • Daniel & Caroline R.

    Great tasting coffee, amazing selection of books.

    Daniel & Caroline R. · December 5, 2011
  • Norman W.

    Check in with 4Square and make sure you take advantage of the check in special. Free refills on their coffee.

    Norman White · November 1, 2011
  • Tiffany W.

    A must for bibliophiles. Used and rare books at good prices, with the bonus of tasty organic drinks!

    Tiffany White-Writer · October 6, 2011
  • Cindy C.

    Has a great selection of old and new books. Plus this place will buy academic books from you for a much better price than a campus or buy back website

    Cindy Cake · June 25, 2011
  • Lolly W.

    The soy chai latte was AMAZING. What a great discovery - found thru 4sq, and so glad we stopped!

    Lolly W · March 23, 2011
  • Midtown Scholar

    Family favorite: steamy hot chocolate with skim milk & whipped cream!

    Midtown Scholar · February 25, 2011
  • FlipSide

    Singer/songwriter David Berkeley will give a free concert and share hir stories at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30. The event is free. Read more

    FlipSide · January 28, 2011
  • Alana C.

    Upstairs is cozy! Cup of tea in hand u may not want to leave.

    Alana Cornish · November 12, 2010
  • Visit Hershey Harrisburg

    One of Harrisburg's true hidden gems, featuring Pennsylvania's largest academic used bookstore. Take in a variety of concerts while you enjoy a cup of fair-trade coffee or tea. Read more

    Visit Hershey Harrisburg · November 4, 2010
  • visitPA

    It's a bookstore, it's a gallery, it's a performance venue & it's a coffeehouse. It's just a cool spot to stimulate your senses. :-).

    visitPA · November 3, 2010
  • Mjoshua C.

    Get the September 21 coffee.

    Mjoshua Cauller · October 13, 2010
  • Maria

    This place is a bookworm's heaven!

    Maria · July 17, 2010
  • Matthew C.

    Great place for live music.

    Matthew Caylor · March 25, 2010
  • Kevin L.

    Be sure to sign up for their customer loyalty program.

    Kevin Long · February 27, 2010
  • Jonas H.

    The coffee is great!

    Jonas Hair · February 5, 2010

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