Become A Folio Member

Folio is a member-supported nonprofit organization. Become a member or renew your membership to support critical civic and cultural conversations and affordable reading & workspaces for the Seattle community.

Membership Benefits

Folio reading and work rooms with free high-speed WiFi.

A curated lending library of fine books and rare first editions.

Member reading and discussion groups special events.

Discount on Folio room and library rentals.

Intimate author and speaker receptions.

Curated book sales throughout the year.

10% in-store discount on books at partner bookstores, Elliott Bay, University Bookstore and Third Place Books.

Discounts on partner bookstore sponsored event tickets.

Additional benefits coming in 2022!

Reciprocal Privileges at Members

Reciprocal privileges at Membership Libraries and other Athenaeums are available to Patron Members, Benefactors, Bibliophiles and Collectors. Members listed receive a complimentary Family Membership, with all the membership benefits listed above.

Gift Memberships​

To send a gift membership, please purchase a membership below using your name and billing details, and fill out the gift form with the gift member details. Gift memberships will NOT renew automatically.

People in Library
Student Membership ($75)​

All the benefits of A Folio Membership at a 50% discount! Available to students of all ages

Reading a Book
Individual Membership ($150)​

Enjoy unlimited access to Folio reading rooms and all the listed membership benefits.

Library Bookshelves
Patron Membership ($500)​

All the benefits of A Family Membership

plus access to reciprocal privileges & one complimentary gift membership.

Benefactor Membership ($1000)​

All the benefits of A Family Membership

plus access to reciprocal privileges & two complimentary gift membership.

Family Membership ($240)​

All the Folio membership benefits for you and your family, or join with a friend.

Reading Outdoors
Bibliophile Membership ($2,500)​

All the benefits of A Family Membership

plus access to reciprocal privileges & three complimentary gift membership.

Thumbing Through an Old Book
Collector's Circle ($5,000)​

All the benefits of A Family Membership

plus access to reciprocal privileges, & five complimentary gift membership.


Can I pay by check for my membership?​​

Members paying by check can mail checks to:

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum

93 Pike St. #307

Seattle, WA 98101

Does Folio offer a monthly membership?

All folio memberships are annual. Members paying by credit card have the option to choose between monthly & annual billing for Student, Individual and Family Memberships. Simply click "Choose monthly billing" or contact to set up monthly billing for cash or check payments. 

Is my membership tax-deductible?

Folio is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, members support in the form of annual fees accounts for 20% of our annual operating funds. Membership fees up to $150 are not tax-deductible, owing to the services members will receive. Any amount above $150 is tax-deductible. 

Does Folio offer sliding scale membership options?

We are committed to keeping Folio open and accessible to all. We offer a $75 Annual Membership for students of all ages. For sliding scale options please contact

I signed up as a Patron. How do I access reciprocal privileges?

Contact for details.

Does my membership renew automatically? How can I cancel my membership?

Yes, your membership will renew automatically based on your billing preferences, you will receive a reminder email 15 days before your due date. To cancel your membership at any time please contact We are working on adding more features to allow members to control their membership, thank you for your patience.