Midtown Scholar

Midtown Scholar

Bookstore and Coffee Shop
Midtown, Harrisburg
  • Antonello L.
    "Rare books, coffee, poetry and live music"(5 Tips)
    Jayden L.
    "... of both new and used books, hosts TED talks on certain Sundays, and..."(2 Tips)
    Matthew C.
    "Great place for live music."(4 Tips)
    Tanner S.
    "... friendly, and the cafés have fantastic food/drinks. Make sure you..."(4 Tips)
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  • Jenda
    JendaNovember 7, 2016
    Kindly mute your phone as others are reading.
  • Butch M.
    Butch MillerJune 25, 2016
    Baker is awesome
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoMay 26, 2016
    Great selection of history and art history
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoMay 11, 2016
    Rare books, coffee, poetry and live music
  • Ian E.
    Ian EverhartMay 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    An amazing neighborhood resource. It feels more like a library than a commercial bookstore. Check out Robinson's basement print collection.
  • George A.
    George AdamidisApril 18, 2016
    Good atmosphere tasty coffee and thousands of books !!'nicearchitecture!
  • Tori R.
    Tori RingFebruary 28, 2016
    This is my hangout every time I'm in Harrisburg. Great selection of books and they've hosted spoken word events, which is great since I love/write spoken word poems :)
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiJanuary 16, 2016
    Amazing place for books and coffee! Loved it!
  • Dan V.
    Dan VaughnJanuary 9, 2016
    Duh, used, scholarly books. :-)
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RissmillerNovember 27, 2015
    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.
  • Nikole O.
    Nikole Owens EarlyJune 23, 2015
    Absolutely stunning. A treat for all book lovers, just be prepared to get lost for several hours.
  • Mark
    MarkApril 29, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted May 19
  • Rebekah Paige S.
    Rebekah Paige SmithMarch 3, 2015
    The coffee is amazing! And the atmosphere makes me want to go back!
  • Mii K.
    Mii KiiFebruary 28, 2015
    So many books! The kids section has a great selection of old and new.
  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GilpinJanuary 25, 2015
    Rows upon rows and floors upon floors of books! I think I'm in love.
  • Deepti A.
    Deepti AllaDecember 12, 2014
    Rare books collection is fantastic. The breadth of each genre is quite overwhelming .
  • Jeff O.
    Jeff O'NealNovember 8, 2014
    Books, collectible books and prints
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KnutsonOctober 26, 2014
    Grab a map when you get in--it's easy to get lost.
  • Vinny R.
    Vinny RomanellaAugust 24, 2014
    Hot chocolate and wonderful books!
  • Molly
    MollyAugust 8, 2014
    Smoothies are great.
  • Tanner S.
    Tanner SandersonJune 8, 2014
    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!
  • 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.
    Paul The Gold GuyNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    I miss Trent! Such a great fellow to chat with! Good luck, Trent! You are one of a kind!
  • Bubbles
    BubblesJuly 28, 2013
    I totally bought a book there!
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn McClearnJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the chai latte!
  • Jayden L.
    Jayden LeeMay 21, 2013
    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.
    Upvoted May 19
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ClausNovember 20, 2012
    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
  • Just Plain Yoga
    Just Plain YogaSeptember 12, 2012
    our local used book store. it's HUGE! a fun excursion and they have a nice coffee bar.
  • Midtown Scholar
    Midtown ScholarSeptember 2, 2012
    Try our new Fruit Tea Smoothies like Mango-Mango, or Blended Iced Lattes flavored with hazelnut, vanilla, or what have you.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RobertsonAugust 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    the newer tables make pretty good stand-up desks!
  • Sheri Fresonke H.
    Sheri Fresonke HarperApril 24, 2012
    Awesome place to buy books
  • Saoul T.
    Saoul TrosApril 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Staff.is always helpful and friendly!!!!
  • Twiin R.
    Twiin RiollanoApril 7, 2012
    its peaceful here
  • 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
  • Mary C.
    Mary CoyleJanuary 4, 2012
    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.
  • Daniel & Caroline R.
    Daniel & Caroline R.December 5, 2011
    Great tasting coffee, amazing selection of books.
  • Norman W.
    Norman WhiteNovember 1, 2011
    Check in with 4Square and make sure you take advantage of the check in special. Free refills on their coffee.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WhiteOctober 6, 2011
    A must for bibliophiles. Used and rare books at good prices, with the bonus of tasty organic drinks!
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CakeJune 25, 2011
    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
  • Lolly W.
    Lolly WMarch 23, 2011
    The soy chai latte was AMAZING. What a great discovery - found thru 4sq, and so glad we stopped!
  • Midtown Scholar
    Midtown ScholarFebruary 25, 2011
    Family favorite: steamy hot chocolate with skim milk & whipped cream!
  • FlipSide
    FlipSideJanuary 28, 2011
    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
  • Alana C.
    Alana CornishNovember 12, 2010
    Upstairs is cozy! Cup of tea in hand u may not want to leave.
  • Visit Hershey Harrisburg
    Visit Hershey HarrisburgNovember 4, 2010
    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
  • visitPA
    visitPANovember 3, 2010
    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. :-).
  • Mjoshua C.
    Mjoshua CaullerOctober 13, 2010
    Get the September 21 coffee.
  • Maria
    MariaJuly 17, 2010
    This place is a bookworm's heaven!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaylorMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place for live music.
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LongFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to sign up for their customer loyalty program.
  • Jonas H.
    Jonas HairFebruary 5, 2010
    The coffee is great!
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