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Independent Bookstores in Nebraska

NewPages.com guide to the best Nebraska indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Nebraska are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

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Susan's Books & Gifts

Welcome to Susan’s Books & Gifts! We now have over 20,000 used books and an amazing toy shop!

Our in-store offerings include a wide variety of new book selections for all ages and interests, a quality used book section, and an awesome selection of literary themed gifts!

Bryant Books & Music is your neighborhood bookstore and music shop located in Hastings! Our store includes a curated selection of books, sheet music, vinyl records and players, and instruments. Find that perfect gift and greeting card for your book and music lover!

The Heart's Desire
  • The Heart's Desire
  • 721 W 1st St
  • City: Hastings
  • Phone: (402) 303-8075
  • Type: New books, Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Calendars, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs
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Shop for new and used books to your hearts content! However, The Heart’s Desire isn’t just a bookstore – it’s also an art studio. There are weekly art classes that you can take in drawing, painting, or pottery. All ages are welcome, but pottery wheel classes are for 13 and up only. We also support many local artists and authors by selling their work as well as hosting meet and greet events.

We are a locally owned independent bookshop. If we don’t have the title you need, we are more than happy to order it for you. We are located in a former Waldenbooks space next to Pretzelmaker and Rue 21. Large selection of A/R titles, classics, cookbooks, history, kids picture books, and more!

  • Badger's Books
  • 4730 Cooper Ave.
  • City: Lincoln
  • Phone: (402) 314-6602
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Regional
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Badgers Bookshop has books for children and adults. We sell and buy books. Nebraska authors and history of the American West are particular interests.

Elleinad Books
  • Elleinad Books
  • 5930 S. 58th St., Ste. S
  • City: Lincoln
  • Phone: (605) 261 9711
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Storytime
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A cozy children’s bookstore located in Lincoln, NE. A place for all to get lost and enjoy the adventures found between the covers of books.

Francie & Finch Bookshop

  • Francie & Finch Bookshop
  • 130 S. 13th St, Ste 100
  • City: Lincoln
  • Phone: (402) 781-0459
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Located in downtown Lincoln, filled with good books, original art and handcrafted chocolate. Always free gift wrap.

Indigo Bridge Books
  • Indigo Bridge Books
  • 1624 S. 17th St. Suite 200
  • City: Lincoln
  • Phone: (402) 477-7770
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Feminist, LGBTQ+
  • Sidelines: Calendars, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Puzzles, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Indigo Bridge is an indie bookstore, cafe, and community space highlighting stories written by and for underrepresented communities. Our mission is to be a welcoming and engaging space in our community and make literature accessible to all.

50,000 used, rare, and out-of-print books on two floors!

  • The Book Nook Bookstores - 4 Locations
  • Aksarben Village - 2115 S. 67th St.
    Historic Benson - 6107 Maple St.
    Blackstone District - 144th S. 38th St.
    Downtown Papillion - 118 N. Washington St.
  • City: Omaha, Papillion
  • Phone: (531) 999-2683
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Puzzles, Toys/Games
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The Book Nook Bookstores are locally owned independent bookstores in the Omaha Metro-Area that carry both New and Gently Used pre-owned items including books, movies, puzzles, and games. We also offer a Local Buyback Program that allows Customers to sell books, movies, puzzles, and games for cash or store credit.

The Bookworm

  • The Bookworm
  • 2501 S. 90th St. Ste. 111
  • City: Omaha
  • Phone: (402) 392-2877
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Crime/Mystery
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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The Bookworm has been serving Omaha and the region since 1986, moving to Countryside Village in 1999, and then to Loveland Center in 2014. With over 6,000 square feet of sales space, The Bookworm has earned a reputation for an excellent selection of books on a broad range of topics, and for a friendly staff that reads and knows the books they sell. The Bookworm is an independent, family business, owned and managed by Phillip and Beth Black.

A bookstore that started as a handmade book cart made of rescued barn boards, Dundee Book Company features a carefully curated collection of fine new books. We’ve opened our first shop at 4915 Underwood Ave in the heart of Dundee!

Buying and selling used, rare, and out-of-print books in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Next Chapter

  • The Next Chapter
  • 2508 Farnam St.
  • City: Omaha
  • Phone: (531) 218-7996
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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the Next Chapter is a small, independent bookstore located in mid-town Omaha, selling new books, gifts, greeting cards and more.

The Next Millennium

  • The Next Millennium
  • 3141 N 93rd St.
  • City: Omaha
  • Phone: (402) 393-1121
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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We are Omaha’s number one choice for metaphysical supplies. We also offer jewelry, clothing, incense, candles, statuary, rocks and minerals, and MUCH more! We hope you will stop by and visit.

Chapters Books & Gifts

  • Chapters Books & Gifts
  • 548 Seward St.
  • City: Seward
  • Phone: (402) 643-2282
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional, YA
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Stationery, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Readings, Storytime
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Chapters Books & Gifts is an independently owned local business located on the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Seward. We feature books for all ages and interests, as well as high-quality, educational toys; games; jigsaw puzzles; fair trade gifts; and other gift items. Visit us on Facebook or the web for updates on coming events. Special orders are welcome. Our online store is always open.

The Plains Trading Co

Since 1992 the Plains Trading Company has served the great plains as a general bookstore specializing in regional history and fiction. Extensive selections of books about the area’s inhabitants including, the Lakota, settlers and Flora and Fauna. A large selection of Children’s books completes this small store.

  • Ye Olde Book Shop
  • 420 N. Grant Ave.
  • City: York
  • Phone: (402) 362-4775
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest