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)

Volunteer store manager Ken talks about summer reading ideas.
Folks who live in Southern California often refer to their weather in June as “June Gloom”, so if you are experiencing June Gloom here in the Willamette Valley and if you visited the store in May to search for a travel book for your planned trip this summer, now is a good time for trip planning and reading. June’s BOGO (Buy one … get one free – lesser or equal value) categories are mystery, fiction and romance, so you may want to take along a few paperback books from these categories.
Thanks to our generous donors throughout the community, we always have a good selection of paperback and hardback mysteries on the store shelves. We always have several books by Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, John Sanford, and James Patterson . Here are some examples of 2018 mysteries found on our shelves: Lee Child's Jack Reacher thriller, Past Tense, David Baldacci's Long Road to Mercy, Janet Evanovich's Look Alive Twenty-Five, Catherine Coulter’s The Sixth Day, and Tanya French’s The Witch Elm.
Our fiction shelves always contain recent novels by a variety of authors, and on our romance shelves you can find novels by such favorites as Nora Roberts and Debbie MacComber. New inventory every week – stop by soon.