A Novel Idea Bookstore
Building & Buying Book Collections since 1991
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm . Off hours-open by chance! 
118 North 14th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 . (402) 475-8663


What's New
New Arrivals
Events & Festivals

Buying & Selling

Gifts for Book Lovers
Selling Books to Us

Staff Recommendations
One Book, One Lincoln
That's What She Wrote

Some Basic Info
Book Condition

Customer Spotlights
Books & Bottles
Schools & Libraries
Our Cats' Page

...& More!
How We Started
News Archives
Articles About Us

Contact Us


Welcome, book lovers! 

Established in 1991, our store has an ever-changing collection of used, rare & out-of-print books on two floors. You can find everything from paperback Mysteries to SIGNED First Editions, Leather bound books, Scholarly Non-Fiction, Cookbooks, Children's Books & much more. We're in downtown Lincoln - just a few blocks from the University of Nebraska Campus.
                                 -  Come explore our labyrinth of books! Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will help you find books you'll love. Eddy & Charlie, our feline staffers, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

Current news: 1/18/19: We purchased some wonderful Science & History books last week. You'll find many titles by Richard Feynman, Jared Diamond, Stephen Hawking ~ and new books in American History, U.S. Presidents, WWII.

We are continuing to ride the wave of momentum from 2019. In addition to new carpet and some new shelving, we are also getting energy-efficient lighting throughout our lower level. In 2020, we'll be able to see especially well! :)

Cookie Day is Friday, January 24th. Join us for Hot Cider and Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodles and M&M Cookies. In the depth of Winter, we all need some TLC. Enjoy a sweet treat & a leisurely browse in a cozy bookstore!

New Arrivals

Each week, we post a photo of our New Arrivals section. To view the most recent photos, click here!

We post New Arrivals photos to our Facebook page, where customers call "dibs" on books they would like us to hold for them by commenting on the photos. To be one of the early birds, be sure to like us on Facebook!

If you do not have a Facebook page, you can call "dibs" on books via email. If you see something you like, email us at A Novel Idea Bookstore!



Books & Bottles
Reservations Go on

Tues 1/28, 10am
Doors open at 9am

Host a private book-buying party in our shop!

Your $50 reservation fee gets you an after-hours (6:30pm-8pm) party for you & 10 (min) - 20 (max) guests.

Cocktails are on the house - & you'll all get 10% off your purchases. Check out this year's lineup of drinks & dates!

More Info...

Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount, never expire and are good on all books & merchandise in our store. All Gift Certificates are written by hand. Gift Certificates of $25 or higher value come in a beautiful sleeve of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds, which can be planted in a sunny spot.

"If you have a library and a garden,
you have everything you need.
" ~ Cicero

We are happy to send Gift Certificates directly to all the people on your list. To order, please call (402) 475-8663, email us or visit our Gifts for Book Lovers page.