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)

October brings Biographies/Memoirs, History, General Nonfiction, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as our monthly BOGO (Buy one, get one free; equal or lesser value) categories. Recently we have had on our shelves some great titles from those categories, such as “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, John McCain’s, “The Restless Wave” and a 1999 biography of John Glenn.

Of course, we depend upon the generosity of our Eugene community for the donations which stock our store. Do you have items to donate? Please go to the Friends website for specific information about how to donate items and what types of items are appropriate to our various sales venues: the store, our annual sale, the three popup mini sales here at the Downtown EPL and our online store through As always, the other store volunteers and I, together with the entire Friends of Eugene Public Library membership, thank you for your donations and, especially, your purchases here in Second Hand Prose.