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


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Gifts for Book Lovers
Book Catalogue
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Staff Recommendations
One Book, One Lincoln

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Book Condition

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

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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 located in downtown Lincoln - just a few blocks from the University of Nebraska's City Campus.
Come explore our labyrinth of books! Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and can help you find books you'll love. Padric & Eddy, our feline staff, are likely to be lounging on the rugs or sleeping in the windows. 

Current news: 9/1/14: What a week! We sold 581 Ghost Tour tickets last Monday - with a line that stretched from our door to "O" Street! The October public tours are sold out - however, you can visit: ghostsoflincoln.com & talk to Scott about chartering a private tour.

Our area colleges are back in session and we just wrapped up a celebratory Scarlet Days. If you got a $5 Gift Card during Scarlet Days, remember to use it at our bookshop before the end of this month. And check out our brand new "GO BIG READ" T-shirts!

We also filled our New Arrivals section TWICE, offering new SIGNED books, Philosophy, Music, Poetry, Literature & History. You're sure to find new books in your favorite sections!

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

Remember, that our shop has a steady stream of new acquisitions and many new books get shelved directly. For the best selection, please stop in!



Stock Lincoln's Little Free Libraries
9/2 - 9/5

*30% off all books purchased & donated to our LFL bin!

*A Party on First Friday with Lincoln's LFL stewards!

Help us support this new grass-roots movement that encourages reading & community!

More info..

Our Gift Certificates are available for any amount, never expire and are good on all books & merchandise inr 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.