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)

Each year on February 2, people in Pennsylvania ask: “Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?” This year he saw no shadow. According to the age-old legend this is means that we will have an early spring. Gardeners, like most of us, differ as to how much to trust Phil’s legend. Yet we all are eager for signs of springtime; maybe just for the positive vibes to be found in the beauty of new life, rather than continuing bad vibes! So too, each year in our bookstore, Gardening (G) is our BOGO (buy one – get one free; equal or lesser amount) category for March. If word origins are of interest, perhaps a book on that topic can be found in our Reference (Ref) category. Whatever one’s motivation, the beginning of springtime is a good time to visit Second Hand Prose; stop by soon.