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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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: 9/28/15: We continue to celebrate Banned Books Week with displays that feature books that have been challenged or banned. New books continue to come in, so you can expect a steady stream of New Arrivals!

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!



First Friday Sweet Soiree!
Friday 10/2, 10am - 7:30pm

Join us in welcoming Autumn. We'll be serving homemade cookies and fresh apple cider all day.

Chocolate-Mint, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip & Apple spice...Hello, Fall!

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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.