About The Moravian Book Shop

Founded in 1745, the Moravian Book Shop is the oldest bookstore in the country! It is located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, PA, and has a full-service book department. We offer a Book Discount card, everyday discounts on Indie Bestsellers, and author events, we have a varied selection of books on Bethlehem Steel, the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania, and Moravian traditions. Visit our main website at www.moravianbookshop.com, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter as MoravianBkShop.

The Moravian Book Shop was founded in 1745 when the Moravian Church appointed Samuel Powell of the Church's Crown Inn on the South Side of the Lehigh River to operate a book store. After several locations, the Moravian Book Shop was moved to the church's publications building near the Central Moravian Church in 1871. Today, the Moravian Book Shop's home is this same site on Historic Main Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (For directions to the store, click here.)

How can the Moravian Book Shop claim to be the oldest continuously-running bookstore in the world? In April of 2000 there was a statement in USA Today that John Smith & Son, the longest continuously-trading bookseller in the world, established in 1751, was closing. Since the Moravian Book Shop was established in 1745, it was concluded that it must be the oldest continuously-running bookseller in the world.

Moravian Book Shop
428 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Store: 610-866-5481
Toll-free: 888-661-2888
Deli: 610-419-3119


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm


Monday through Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sundays: 12pm - 9pm

Monday through Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sundays: 12pm - 8pm

(from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23rd)

Monday through Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Sundays: 11am - 6pm
Christmas Eve: 10am - 3pm
Closed Christmas Day
New Year's Eve: 10am - 9pm
Closed New Year's Day

Monday through Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sundays: 11am - 5pm
Christmas Eve: 10am - 2pm
Closed Christmas Day
New Year's Eve: 10am - 8pm
Closed New Year's Day

We are closed on the following days:

Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day

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