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)

Store manager Ken talks about our BOGO monthly special.
Our used bookstore, Second Hand Prose, has been in operation in the Entry Garden of the Downtown Eugene Public Library for over 16 years. During that time there have been many changes throughout the store but one thing that has not changed is our monthly Buy one …get one free; equal or lesser value (BOGO) sale. July’s BOGO categories continue to be Fiction, Mystery, and Romance.
If you visit the store on the First Friday of any month, the entire store is BOGO. So you can purchase any two books at this special BOGO price. For example, recently we have had the following two books on our Art shelves: History of Jazz by Ted Gioia and Central Avenue Sounds – Jazz in LA (A history of Jazz) priced at $4 each. In our Biography/memoir area, recent titles have included Fever – Life and music of Peggy Lee and It’s the Pictures that Count – Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age priced at $3 each.
Just a reminder: our Annual Summer Reading Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 in the Bascom-Tykeson Room at Downtown EPL; if you haven’t picked up all your summer reading need during visits to our bookstore, then this sale might be just the place!