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)


Books by Pacific Northwest authors and illustrators is the featured BOGO (Buy one, get one free of equal or lesser value) category for February in Second Hand Prose. Perhaps you are interested in Oregon history; we have recently stocked books about former Governors Betty Roberts and Tom McCall and former Senator Mark Hatfield. We often have books by these (and other) PNW authors: Dan Armstrong, Diana Abu-Jabbar, David C. Hascall, Lauren Kessler, Jim McDermott, L. J. Sellers, Bob Welch, William Sullivan, Garth Stein, Jamie Ford, Barbara C. Pope,and Chuck Palahniuk. Books by author/illustrator Jan Eliot will usually be found in our PNW collection also. Lauren Kessler's recent book, Raising the Barre and her very popular book, My Teenage Werewolf, have both recently appeared on our shelves.Gorgon, a book by a Seattle professor of geological sciences (University of Washington - Seattle) appeared recently; the book concerns geologic catastrophes and their implication for the future of humankind. Our PNW collection is located just as you enter the store in the book case to your right. We are proud of our always-growing PNW authors/illustrators collection; just another reason to visit Second Hand Prose frequently. 


Pacific Northwest authors and illustrators are well represented in our Children’s collection also. Kids’ books are always BOGO and can be found just inside the store on the left. Here are some of the authors/illustrators usually found on those shelves: Cynthia Ryland, Karen Cushman, Arthur Dorros, Keith Baker, Erik A. Kimmel, Lane Smith and, of course, Beverly Cleary and Ursula K. Le Guin.