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The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg

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TripAdvisor
  • We were excited when we saw the brochure for this bookstore- stating 100,000 second hand, out of print and scholarly books. We thought we'd spend several hours there, but ended up only being there abo...  more »
  • excellent place to chill, & enjoy the atmosphere of a class act bookstore in the heart of the city, great coffee, new & second hand books, & lots of yummy pasteries  more »
  • I had no idea how HUGE and absolutely wonderful this "bookstore" is from seeing it on the outside. It used to be a movie theater in its former life and still has the marvelous stairs and wrought iron ...  more »
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  • I've been going to this location for a few years now. The selection is really spectacular. They also have a huge warehouse of books off site which you can order through there website. My book was ready for pickup in 2 days.
  • Midtown Scholar felt like a mini version of the library in 'Beauty and the Beast.' You walk in and the majority of the walls are covered in books! If there are no books on the wall, the space is occupied by a beautiful mural, artwork, or posters showing upcoming events. They seem to have just about every subject of book and the categories are clearly marked. There is even a downstairs that I briefly looked at. I can't say much for the prices of the books as I did not see much pricing, but I only looked at a few books, so maybe I am missing something. The bookstore also has a cafe and seems to hold many scholarly events throughout the week. Overall, it seems like a great place to casually book browse and there is a very calm, quiet atmosphere. I definitely want to come back and spend a little more time here!
  • Awesome place to find a good book, enjoy a coffee, snack, or maybe even catch a band when they have them. I recommend combining it with a trip to the Broad Street market, which is right across the street, our even taking advantage of some other midtown stops.
  • The first time I went there I loved it. It has a great atmosphere, with a seemingly endless capacity for books to get lost in. I went again today with a list of books in the classic political theory genre -Tocqueville, Locke, Adam Smith, Rousseau, etc. and didn't find a single book. That's even after I consulted the "find-a-book" station, and went to the section it should be in, which is "organized" alphabetically by title. I told the clerk this and he just said "yeah, that happens a lot. It's not very well organized." It's frustrating to me because in the age of Amazon I chose to drive 50 minutes from Lancaster to support an independent bookstore but it seems like I care about this place staying in business more than they (owners/workers) do.
  • Nice environment with comfy seating and other tables with outlets. Books are overpriced (as most book stores are) and the coffee is very overpriced (and tastes bad). Sketchy neighborhood with scattered parking.