Parlor Membership

Parlor Membership

Regular price $125.00 Sale

If you want access to a clean, beautiful workspace in Seattle, away from the clutter and distractions of home, for writing, reading, thinking, or co-working, this membership is for you! Monthly members can book up to 12 private hours in The Parlor per month, easily scheduled via an online calendar.

Make a cup of tea, spread your papers out across the large library table, flip through a book in the gold velvet armchair, listen to music or a rare cassette recording of your favorite poet on the Victrola turntable, and enjoy next-door proximity to Open Books: A Poem Emporium, where you can find over 10,000 unique poetry titles, including rare and out-of-print books, chapbooks, and journals!


Highlights of the Parlor:

-Large library table, perfect for use as a desk or to gather around (seats up to 8 people)

-Victrola record player with 3-speed turntable, CD, cassette player and radio, plus special rare archive of poets on vinyl and cassette (readings by Audre Lorde, Jean Valentine, Ntozake Shange, Adrienne Rich, Jorie Graham… to name just a few!)

-Curated resource library, including rare books and literary journals


-Temperature control

-Electric kettle, mugs, and tea

-Scribbling essentials: pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, loose leaf paper

-Comfortable reading chair


Price point comparison: Access to private work spaces in Seattle often cost at least $450/month.



How does payment work?

Sign up for whichever month or months you'd like to reserve your studio time. Membership quantities are limited each month and are available on a first come, first served basis. 

How do I book my studio-time hours?

You will receive a link to a Square calendar where you can reserve studio time during Open Books’ regular store hours (Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12-5pm).

What if I want to book studio time outside of regular business hours?

Booking hours outside of these time frames (in the evenings, on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays) is done by request, via email (

How many monthly hours do members receive?

Parlor members may book up to 12 hours per month. 

What if I want to book Parlor time but I'm not ready to become a member? 

The Parlor can be rented à la carte at $25/hour by e-mailing 

How do I share my accessibility needs?

E-mail and we'll find out how to make the space work for you.