About the Moravian Book Shop

Store Location
Contact Information
Store Hours
Holiday Hours & Closings
Discount Exceptions
Store History


Store Location

428 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018-5869
Today's Store Hours: 12noon-5pm


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Bethlehem Contact Info:
Store: 610-866-5481
Toll-free: 888-661-2888
Fax: 610-869-8330
Email: info@moravianbookshop.com

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Store Hours

Moravian Book Shop Hours

Today's Store Hours: 12noon-5pm

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

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Moravian Book Shop Christmas Holiday Hours:

We are closed on the following days...

Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day

Special Holiday Hours

(The Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23rd)

Open Monday through Saturday: 10am - 9pm
Open Sundays: 11am - 6pm
Open Christmas Eve: 10am - 3pm
Closed Christmas Day
Open New Year's Eve: 10am - 7pm
Closed New Year's Day

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Discount Exceptions

Exceptions List for Merchandise Not Eligible for Discount:


Items already on sale, special orders, gift certificates, DVD’s, CD’s, Lehigh Valley throws, Bruce Ward prints, Trollbeads® merchandise, Fontanini, Gold Bethlehem Star jewelry, Historic Bethlehem Calendar, Byers’ Choice® carolers, Radko glass ornaments, Lynn Haney® Santas, Joy To The World®, Walnut Ridge® figurines, Crabtree & Evelyn® products, Electric Glass Moravian stars, selected technical, reference & Moravian publications, consignment merchandise, Annual Christmas Tiles, deli items and shipping charges. Cannot be used with any other discounts or promotions (example: Book Club).

Birthday Discount Card Exceptions:

All of the above exceptions apply to Birthday Discount Cards.
Points are awarded for all merchandise (including book club member purchases) except gift certificates, boxes, shipping, and special promotions (for example Annual Christmas Tiles, daffodils for Cancer, Musikfest program books, etc.). Points may not be used for Birthday Discount Card purchase. This card is not valid without mailing label. Valid only between dates specified on this card. Not responsible for late post office delivery of this birthday card. The Moravian Book Shop reserves the right to exclude certain merchandise at any time.

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Store History

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 Bethlehem location is this same site on Historic Main Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

On September 1, 2015, the Moravian Book Shop opened a shop in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania. It’s located at Two City Center, (645 West Hamilton Street, 1/2 block east of Center Square)

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.

The Moravian Book Shop helps support the Moravian Ministerial Pension Fund.

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