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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.”


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 40 bags to the CEDARS Bridges Program. We’re now working on funding more bags for CEDARS Youth Services.

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

Contribute Now


Open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12pm-6pm

 Current Health Precautions:
Masks are now optional for staff and patrons. All members of our staff are fully vaccinated & boosted. We have hand sanitizer & masks available near our entrance.

Please ask if you’d prefer staffers to mask up when with you. 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.


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!