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Welcome to A Novel Idea Bookstore

Used, Rare & Out-of-Print Books!

Founded in 1991, we offer two full floors for you to explore ~ and our ever-changing inventory means you’ll discover something new each time you visit. Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, just two blocks from the University of Nebraska city campus, we are surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, and boutique retailers. Make a day of it: grab a bite, have a drink, ride the trolley. Lose yourself & find treasures!

“A good book will keep you fascinated for days; a good bookshop, for your whole life.”

KIDS’ ACCOUNT

Support our shop and help us lift others up by contributing.
We use this account to fund Book Bag Care Packages for kids in need.

We recently provided 95 bags to the CEDARS Bridges Program. We’re now working on bags for Indian Center, Inc.

Bags cost $22 each – and we are grateful for each gift, large or small.

Contribute Now

HOURS

Open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12pm-6pm

 Current Health Precautions:
The Covid Dial is back in Orange, high risk. We ask all patrons to mask up while shopping.  We have hand sanitizer & masks available near our entrance.

All members of our staff are fully vaccinated & boosted. It’s our pleasure to put you at ease. Our goal is to provide a welcoming, comfortable place. Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate these challenging times!

If you have a compromised immune system and would like to shop, please call (402) 475-8663 to schedule a private appointment.

GIFTS

We carry Bookish Socks,
Notecard Sets, Playing Cards,
Tarot Decks, Totes, Puzzles,
Literary Candles, NovelTeas
Artisanal Chocolate, Journals,
Framed Quotes,
ALL KINDS of Books ~
and lovely Gift Certificates for any amount!

Shop for Gifts at your local, independent bookstore.
Our staff is ready to help you find great gifts
for all the Book Lovers in your life!