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Moravian Book Shop


Moravian Book Shop

Founded in 1745, the Moravian Book Shop is the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the country and home to the Moravian College student bookstore. For 273 years, 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.

Stop In And See Us!

MON–WED: 10 am – 6 pm
THURS–SAT: 10 am – 8 pm
SUN: 12 pm – 5 pm


TEL: 610-866-5481


Ghost Tours

Join us for a spirited journey into the past and the paranormal with only a candle to light your way. Costumed guides will share the legends and lore of over a dozen locations in the Historic District of Bethlehem on this one-mile, one-hour walking tour.

When: Every Friday and Saturday during October. Tours depart at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m, 7:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.
Where: Tours depart from from the Moravian Book Shop at 428 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA.
Ticket Pricing: Adults $13.00, plus tax. Children (under 13) $10.00, plus tax.
Reservations: Call 610-866-5481 or reserve on-site at the Book Shop.
Payment: Payment must be made when making your reservation. We cannot offer any refunds or exchanges. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability.
Large group tours available: Have a large group? Private Tours are available for groups of 8 or more, please call 610-866-5481 for details.


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 College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) Campus. The Moravian College 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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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 College apparel and gift items, reference books, stationery and art supplies, greeting cards, candy, and health and beauty aids.  The inventory also includes traditional Moravian- and Bethlehem-themed gifts and College faculty- and alumni-authored books.

Food & Beverages

The Book Shop plans to feature a cafe offering a menu including drinks, snacks, and lunch offerings. Check back here for more details in the near future.

Staying in the Moravian Family

After 273 years, the Moravian Church Northern Province was ready to remove themselves from this retail business and focus on supporting their 85 congregations. The Northern Province approached Moravian College in 2018 to purchase the Book Shop to continue its legacy and keep the beloved Book Shop within “the Moravian family.” It was a natural fit for America’s sixth oldest college to take over operations of the oldest book seller and ensure it serves students and the community for generations to come.