Second Hand Prose 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.  



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)


Magazines are among the most popular items with Second Hand Prose customers. We have magazines of all types, on many different subjects. Magazines have been part of our stock ever since the bookstore opened in 2003. We get lots of magazines from the community, so they are always Buy one Get one free.

If you want to donate magazines, we thank you and please remember that they must be current and timely. Popular magazines such as Time, The Week, Sports Illustrated - current issues only (quarterly/monthly/weekly); most other magazines we can accept the past three months.  National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Atlantic and New Yorker are the only exceptions to these guidelines.

Selected nonfiction categories – Biography/Memoir, Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM), and History are October Buy One Get One Free categories. We have restocked the shelves for those categories, so come on by the store and see what is new.  Thanks to the hard work of all of our volunteers, we are open year-round.