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Welcome to A Novel Idea Bookstore

Used, Rare & Out-of-Print Books!

Open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12pm-6pm

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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Open Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm

7/30/21: Masks are encouraged but not required.
We are carefully monitoring the situation
and will make adjustments as needed.

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


In a reading rut? We can help!
Tell us about your interests, what you love & loathe, if you prefer hardcover/paperback, and what you’d like to spend. We’ll select an assortment of books especially for you. You may pick up your book bundle at our shop or have it shipped to you.