Folio is a member-supported nonprofit organization. Become a member or renew your membership to support critical civic and cultural conversations and accessible workspaces for the Seattle community. All annual members receive the membership benefits listed below.


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

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

Member reading groups, philosophy club, poetry society and special events.

Priority seating at Folio programs.

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.

Reciprocal privileges at Membership Libraries and other Athenaeums.


  • Annual Individual Memberships valued at $150 or $12.5/month

  • Annual Family Membership valued at $240 or $20/month.

  • Students of all ages and individuals under 30 are eligible for our Student Memberships valued at $75. 

  • Patron, Benefactors, Bibliophiles and Collector annual memberships valued at $500 and above.


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.


Daily ($10), weekly($25) or monthly($100) access to Folio work spaces.

Recommended for visiting writers, journalists, remote workers or anyone looking for a temporary quiet place. Passes include:

Access to Folio reading & work rooms

Free WiFi

Complimentary kitchen access


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.

Please contact to set up monthly billing. 

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 and individuals under 30. If that's not you, contact for sliding-scale options.

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

Contact for details.

Is my annual membership fee tax deductible

For tax purposes, please understand that the basic membership fee of $150 is not tax-deductible, owing to the services you will receive, but any amount above that is tax-deductible.