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. 


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)

We continue our ever-popular summer BOGO fiction, mystery, and romance sale during July - James Patterson, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Lincoln Child, and Paula Hawkins - just some of the names always found on best-seller fiction lists.

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. In a recent interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, James Fallows noted that libraries in the USA are not only ideal places to find books but also community centers – places where social change begins. We think Second Hand Prose is just such a community center. Since we are located in the Entry Garden of Downtown EPL we, too, are a community center where you can always find interesting books/magazines, meet interesting folks, and have interesting conversations. Our store volunteers always look forward to helping our store visitors. #helpushelpEPL.

Be certain to browse our Pacific Northwest Authors/Illustrators (PNW) collection located in the bookcase as you enter the store for both fiction and nonfiction titles. Last month I referred to a recently donated classic of the late Portland author Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Left Hand of Darkness"

We frequently have copies of books by the Northwest author, Molly Gloss; we received in our donations a copy of the recently published novel, "Gifted" by the Oregon author John Daniels, especially noted for his nonfiction works such as "Rogue River Journal" and recipient of 3 Oregon Book Awards for literary nonfiction. Thanks for your continued support both with donations and purchases to #helpushelpEPL; we can guarantee that you will have a hard time finding in Eugene another bookstore where you can support your local library and find such a great selection of books and book related items.