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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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  • 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 »
  • It’s been too long since I’ve been in a “real” bookstore, due to amazon and the internet. I forgot how much I just love browsing in a quiet book shop. This one was a real treat! Great book and gift...  more »
  • Moravian book shop I just love going in there you never know what you're gonna find there's always Christmas in their barren time with the year. I could spend days looking through the books. It's always organized and well maintained. Even know there's a Lot of things to look at in items in the store it is Real clean. Then please are always friendly and Helpful.
  • We love this place. Good book selection and local items. If you are looking for Moravian College gear they have a good amount of hats, shirts etc. Now has Lost Tavern brewing and Dave's Deli there too.

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