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)

August brings our Classics (Lit) as our BOGO (Buy one Get one free, equal or lesser value) category in the store. Thanks to the generosity of our Eugene community, store shelves always contain a wide variety of classic literature. I was looking at our inventory recently and noticed we had a signed copy of The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin; a two volume edition of Henry Fielding’s The history of Tom Jones, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James and a copy of Ben Hur by Lew Wallace. Perhaps those of you who are students will find our shelves helpful as you begin the new school year or just looking for a great classic to read (or reread.) Of course one of our most popular categories is children’s books; so we thought we would feature some children’s classics this month. Find these time-tested favorites on the end of shelf display just to the left inside our door. Stop by soon; always a good supply of CDs and our own volunteer made gift cards/bookmarks. Our volunteer staff is always ready to assist you with your selections.