Second Hand Prose Bookstore


Ken at the bookstore


Second Hand Prose is our volunteer-run used bookstore, located in the Entry Garden of the Downtown Library. All of our books and magazines are donated by the generous folks of Eugene and the surrounding area. Click here to find out how to donate books and magazines. Interested in working as a volunteer in the store? Check out the Book Store Volunteer job description and duties here. Then stop by the store on a Tuesday or Wednesday between 10 AM and 11:30 AM and ask Ken Ehler, volunteer manager, about additional details. 

We are also open Wednesdays until 6:00. Recently we introduced Happy Reading Hour on Wednesdays with all paperbacks BOGO 4:00-6:00.


Store Hours


Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 10:00 - 4:00

Sunday 1:00 - 4:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 6:00

Thursday closed

Friday 4:30 - 7:30 (First Friday only)***

***Everything in the store is Buy One Get One Free (Equal or lesser value)


Volunteer store manager Ken talks about fall in our bookstore:
Just as we are enjoying the Fall season here in the Willamette Valley, along comes November, the month in which Cookbooks (CB) and craft books (Misc.-crafts) are our BOGO (Buy one get one free, equal or lesser value) categories here in Second Hand Prose.
Cookbooks, which include a nice collection of books and magazines dealing with wine and spirits in cooking and entertaining, are located on the left just after entering our bookstore and we always have a great selection; still on the left one finds craft books in the third section. During my conversations with store customers, I often hear remarks about how much they enjoy just browsing our cookbook collection for ideas; recently we had cookbooks in Spanish.
Inside activities here in our Eugene community always seem to include downsizing one’s home book collection and donating the items to FEPL. A great opportunity to introduce new titles to the home collection from all categories of our store.
We are updating our popular virtual tour of Second Hand Prose which was here on the website a few years ago. Watch for the new tour, together with my updated commentary; rollout is scheduled for December.
By customer request, the 10% membership discount here in the store has returned for the 2020 membership year. If you have recently joined or renewed your FEPL membership, be certain to stop by the store to obtain your new discount card (be certain to bring along your membership confirmation email). Not a member? Tap or click on Join at the top of this page for more information.
In this month of Thanksgiving, we are very grateful for the generosity of our Eugene (and environs) community; thank you.