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Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem

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Moravian Book Shop is a book store based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1745 by the Moravian Church and lays claim to being the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the United States and the second oldest in the world. (The Livraria Bertrand in Lisbon, Portugal, which has been open since 1732, is the oldest bookstore in the world.) The Moravian Book Shop, as of June 2018, is also home to the Moravian College student bookstore. In 2018, the Moravian Church Northern Province approached Moravian College seeking to sell the store to entrust the legacy of the Book Shop to an owner within the "Moravian Family" and continue its focus on their 85 congregations. The bookstore is currently owned by Moravian College with day-to-day operations handled by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers.
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  • This Bookstore was founded in 1745, and is the one of the very few places operating continuously since then. It has been a long time since we have browsed in an actual bookstore (Thanks to the... 
    This Bookstore was founded in 1745, and is the one of the very few places operating continuously since then. It has been a long time since we have browsed in an actual bookstore (Thanks to the...  more »
  • We walked around for about an hour. We purchased two books which we wer pleased with. This didn't seem historical at all. The staff were very nice and we would visit again 
    We walked around for about an hour. We purchased two books which we wer pleased with. This didn't seem historical at all. The staff were very nice and we would visit again  more »
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  • Such a great place! I'm guessing it looks much different now than it did 300 years ago but the history is wonderful. We really appreciated how the shop is highlighting banned books.
  • The oldest bookstore in the US Moravian Book Shop, is not just for amazing books of all genres, but also has a great selection of university sweatshirts, Tees and more, including beautiful little Christmas ornaments and decorations. Enjoy a walk on Main Ave and explore the array of shops, antique stores and restaurants.

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