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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 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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Tuesdays by chance
Wed – Sat 12pm – 6pm
Shop by Appointment ~ or Knock!
Curbside Pickup, “Book Fairy” Delivery & Shipping

Note: Temporarily Closed
May 30th – June 22nd
while we input our inventory into our new custom database system.
We will reopen June 23rd!


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.

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