The Moravian Book Shop, the oldest bookstore in the world, 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.) In addition to a fine selection of books, the store now offers a wide variety of distinctive merchandise, some of which is shown here at the Book Shop's Web Site.
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.
During most of the year...
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-8pm
Musikfest Hours (in August)...
Open Daily: 10am - 9pm
Open Sundays: Noon - 9pm
We are closed on the following days...
New Years Day
Christmas 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
428 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 USA
Exceptions List for Merchandise Not Eligible for Discount:
NOT VALID ON PRIOR purchases • NOT TRANSFERABLE
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, Byes’ 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 Cards: (Please note: All 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.
The Moravian Book Shop helps support the Moravian Ministerial Pension Fund.