Parlor Studio Time
Parlor Studio Time

Parlor Studio Time

Regular price $25.00 Sale

Hourly: $25/hr
Writer's Block (4 continuous hours): $75

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 is the space for you!

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 do I book my specific studio-time hours?

Patrons are welcome to schedule studio time during Open Books’ regular store hours (Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12-5pm; Sundays 12-4pm). Bookings are scheduled via e-mail with Open Books staff.  

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 do I share my accessibility needs?

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

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

We do not offer refunds, however we'd be happy to convert your payment into store credit to be used any time in-person or online in the bookshop.