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Book Donations

We are always looking for interesting collections of quality books in good condition. We accept curated collections in specific fields, as well as small donations of individual titles. 

Fiction: We currently accept quality contemporary literature from around the world.

Nonfiction: Books appropriate for Folio's collection include creative writing books, books that focus on the Pacific Northwest and contemporary books that present commentary on the world around us.

Please contact with the following information:

What are the strong areas of the collection? 

Did the person building this library have expertise?

What is the ratio of hardcover to paperback books?

What is the ratio of contemporary to older titles?

What percentage is translated literature?


It is helpful to provide three or four photos of book spines on your shelves. If the collection is a good fit, we'll make arrangements to visit your library and talk about further arrangements.​ All donors will be asked to sign a donor agreement form >> and will be offered an in-kind receipt for tax purposes.​ 


Folio is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Your donation may be deductible from federal income taxes to the extent permitted by law. Pick up an in-kind receipt when you donate books. Please note that by law Folio is not allowed to provide appraisals.

We Don't Accept

Books in disrepair, dirty, moldy or water damaged

Books with excessive writing, highlighting or markings


Books that are dated, such as guidebooks

Bound Copies of Magazines

Case Law and Procedural Law books

Children’s Books, except literary or notably illustrated

Comic Books


Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias or World Books

Genre Fiction (young adult, horror, romance)

Readers Digests, Almanacs, Who's Who, or National Geographic

Text Books and Academic journals​​

Condition matters! If you would not but it or give it to a friend, think twice before donating it. ​

Periodical Donations

Please be sure to choose the print version, so everybody can enjoy the magazine at Folio.
and have the print version delivered to:

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
93 Pike St. #307, Seattle, WA 98101

The Economist

Glimmer Train Stories (ends Oct 2019)

Kirkus Reviews

Lapham's Quarterly




The Week

Publisher's Weekly

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