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)


 Store manager Ken,shares his April thoughts: ”April‘s featured BOGO (Buy one get one free, equal or lesser value) categories are Poetry (P) and Sports (Misc.-sports.) In our Poetry section we have had such books as How We Became Human by Joy Harpo, Selected Poems of James Merrill, A Cry Like a Bird by Madeleine L'Engle, and John Ciardi's Fast and Slow. Please stop by Second Hand Prose to see what is currently on our shelves."

The final weekend of February featured a gathering of poet fishermen and fisherwomen on the Oregon Coast. We have a variety of books in our store on both poetry and fishing.

In addition to these topics, we have books on baseball, football, basketball, and other sports. Some titles and authors that we have had recently in our sports section are:

It Never Rains in Autzen Stadium - The Don Essig Story

Classic Fishing Stories, edited by Nick Lyons
The Yogi Book - A Compilation of Yogi Berra's famous quotes
The Teammates by David Halberstam
The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb
Mathematics at the Ballpark by Ken Ross
For those of you who are New England Patriots fans, we have An Illustrated History of The New England Patriots - THE PATS. It is a 2018 "Advanced Uncorrected Proof" edition.

In our children's section (a store category that is always BOGO) we have had sports books such as Grandpa's Fisher Friends. So if you are a fan of both sports and poetry, be certain to visit Second Hand Prose during April. Of course, April also means our Annual Book Sale, April 13 and 14 at the Lane Events Center. It is our biggest project, so if you want to help (or just want more information regarding the sale), please see our Sale page.