Moravian Book Shop

Founded in 1745, the Moravian Book Shop is the oldest bookstore in America, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world and home to the Moravian University student bookstore. For nearly three centuries, booklovers near and far have looked to the Moravian Book Shop for its curated selection of books and iconic Moravian- and Bethlehem-themed gifts.

In addition to the historic location on Main Street, the warm, knowledgeable Book Shop staff has always provided visitors from our community and beyond with expert advice and exceptional customer service. To learn more, read A brief history of the Moravian Book Shop: Among the oldest bookstores in the world.  Downtown Bethlehem is the perfect place to visit, shop and enjoy with family and friends, in fact MSN Lifestyle named Bethlehem  to their "50 Best 'Main Street' Shopping Districts in All 50 States" list.



What You’ll Find

The Book Shop continues to offer its iconic book section that features indie best sellers, trade books, and select books highlighting the history of Moravians, Bethlehem, Bethlehem Steel, the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania. In addition, the Moravian Book Shop sells and buys back student textbooks. The Book Shop stocks Moravian University apparel and gift items, reference books, children's books, greeting cards, toys and games. The inventory also includes traditional Moravian- and Bethlehem-themed gifts and university faculty- and alumni-authored books.

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Stop In And See Us!

Sunday:  11AM - 5PM
Monday - Thursday:  10AM - 5PM
Friday - Saturday:  10AM - 5PM


TEL: 610-866-5481

Historic Location

The Moravian Book Shop is located in the heart of historic Downtown Bethlehem at 428 Main Street among the beautiful downtown shops, restaurants, and across the street from the Hotel Bethlehem; just steps away from Moravian University’s Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) Campus. The Moravian University student shuttle has a routine stop right on Main Street, and parking can be found on the street or in one of the nearby parking garages on Walnut Street or North Street.  

Oldest in the Country

Founded in 1745, the Moravian Book Shop is located in the heart of historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the country. 

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