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)


Bookstore manager Ken explains why Classics (Lit) continues to be the BOGO category for September, “Lit is our BOGO (buy one – get one free; equal or lesser value) category in the bookstore for September. For several years Lit has been our BOGO category for both August and September, since that is when many students are returning to school. Although much has changed in education since I was a student, Lit’s popularity in the store suggests that it's still an important part of a student’s education. In fact, Lit is a very popular category year ‘round in Second Hand Prose. Consider a book from our Lit category if you are looking for a gift; if you find one for yourself, you can get two books for the price of one. Often a customer will come into the store but not find just the right book for their gift-giving needs; they can buy one of our gift certificates, which our volunteers can easily prepare.

Be certain to visit our Back to School Sale in the Bascom-Tykeson room at Downtown EPL on Monday, Sept 9. Hours are noon to six.”