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Welcome to A Novel Idea Bookstore

Used, Rare & Out-of-Print Books!

HEY FOLKS! We’re going to take one more day to work in here, so we’ll REOPEN Friday, January 14th!!

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.”


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 are currently working to get bags to CEDARS Youth Opportunity Center. Bags cost $22 each – and we are grateful for each gift, large or small.

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In December: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm

 Masks are required.
Our staff is fully vaccinated.
If you have a compromised immune system and would like to shop,
please call (402) 475-8663 to schedule a private appointment.

We value the health & well-being of our staff and customers.
Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate these challenging times!


We carry Bookish Socks,
Notecard Sets, Playing Cards,
Tarot Decks, Totes, Puzzles,
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!