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 . Friends' members enjoy a 10% discount in our store; join here. 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)


Leo Tolstoy’s classic, Anna Karenina - have you read it?  Did you put off reading Orwell’s 1984? During August and September, the monthly special BOGO (Buy one get one free) category is what we call our “Classics” (Literature), so you just might find a copy of those books on our shelves. Recently, I have noticed that we almost always have copies by Mark Twain, Emily Bronte, Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. In addition, we usually have paperback copies of certain titles by 20th century renowned authors such as Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison and many others. Stop by our store any Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 for Happy Reading Hour Wednesday for paperback BOGO. All paperbacks in the store are BOGO.