Midtown Scholar Bookstore-Cafe
Award-winning Independent Booksellers | Since 2001






Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm

Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm

Sunday 12pm-7pm

  • Saturday April 15, 2017, 8am-5pm

  • Sunday April 16, 2017, closed

Store hours


Please contact our e-commerce division at tracking @ midtownscholar.com or (717) 236-2665 with questions about online orders.

Online orderS


If you are an area resident and would like to propose a literary or community event that is free and open to the public, we are glad to consider it. Possibilities include musical performances, book clubs, writing groups, family activities, school visits, college seminars, small-group meetings of local nonprofits, and larger community events sponsored by area organizations, depending on space and staffing availablity. We do not offer bookstore-cafe space for private rentals or commercial use. 

To propose a literary or community program, please create an application account and submit an "Event Planning" request through our Partnership Planning System (CLICK HERE)Requests should be made at least 2-3 weeks in advance of your desired date. 

Programs & Events



We accept a select number of print books by Central Pennsylvania authors for sale on short-term consignment. We review consignment requests on a semi-annual basis. If you are a local author interested in holding a book signing or book-release event and wish to submit your book for consideration during our next review, please create an application account and submit an "Event Planning" request through our Partnership Planning System (CLICK HERE). 


Book Buyback


Thursdays and Saturdays, 2pm-6pm. You do not need an appointment. Thursdays we are able to offer same day cash or store credit. Saturdays we can only offer same day store credit, or you can leave your books for further evaluation and we will get back to you within a few days with a cash offer. 

While we buy books in a variety of subject areas, we prefer the following: 


  • Scholarly titles and university presses

  • Art Books – the more specific the better

  • History – especially Civil War and Pennsylvania topics

  • Famous authors - books they wrote, criticism, theory

  • Rare or antiquarian books – including ephemera, maps, interesting manuscripts, and prints

  • Uncommon titles in interesting subject areas


  • Fiction – unless it is recent (published in the last three years), in demand and in good condition. Otherwise most fiction titles are published in large quantities and already widely available in the used-book marketplace.

  • Mass market paperbacks – these books are not generally designed to stand the test of time. Condition and appearance are very important.

  • “Old books” - unless they are rare or collectible, being old does not necessarily make a book valuable. It must still be in demand and be of interest to today’s readers.

  • Damaged Books – meaning those that are dirty, very worn, water damaged, or missing parts.

  • College and high school textbooks – unless they are the most recent edition.

  • Magazines, Encyclopedias, or DVDs. 

Please Note...

  • Unless we can sell the book for more than seven dollars, we will likely only pay $1 or less. If we can sell the book for more than $10, we will offer you a reasonable percentage of our perceived retail price. We pay by check or store credit (and will offer even more for the latter).

  • We cannot give you an accurate value of a book over the phone or based on a written or oral description; we have to see a book in person.

  • We only make house calls by appointment and for large and unusual collections. Please inquire by phone at (717) 236-1680 or email to bookbuyer@midtownscholar.com if you have any questions.