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 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.


Wednesdays – Saturdays, 12pm-6pm

 Current Health Precautions:
Masks are optional and available for you.

All members of our staff are fully vaccinated & boosted. If you would like staff members to wear masks while helping you, please ask. It’s our pleasure to put you at ease. Our goal is to provide a welcoming, comfortable place.

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!