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. 


Did our annual sale in April slip past this year? Or maybe it's more convenient to browse later in the afternoon? Our book store is open every First Friday 4:30 – 7:30 and the entire store is BOGO.


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)


“The best ideas for new store projects always come from our store volunteers”, says our volunteer store manager, Ken. “Store visitors often ask for certain books or recommendations." Thanks to a recent idea suggested by Bryan, a store volunteer who often works two store shifts a week, we can now direct store visitors to certain places where we display recommended books or other items. Barb, another store volunteer, makes our very creative shelf identification signs. So she quickly created wonderful Volunteer Staff Picks and Volunteer Manager Picks signs to introduce these new store features. Look for these two new featured items at your next store visit. Many thanks to Bryan, Barb and all the other store volunteers who continue to come up with ways to improve our already great store. November BOGO (Buy one…get one free; equal or lesser value) categories are Cookbooks (CB) or Crafts (Misc.–crafts); since there are two categories, select two cookbooks, two craft books or one from each category.  Don’t forget about our Rewards Card. Maybe you haven’t visited the store for a while; November is a great time to add purchases so you will get closer to your $100 purchase goal and earn your $10 in free store merchandise.  Ask a store volunteer to explain the Rewards Card if you have not already started one.