Woodruff Park Reading Room

The Woodruff Park Reading Room is an open-air reading room in northern portion of Woodruff Park. In partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, carts are stocked with a selection of books, periodicals and newspapers, and the space presents great opportunities for literary- and literacy-based programming. Movable furniture creates an intimate environment. The programming, publications, and environment of the Reading Room are available to everyone for free, without any need of cards or identification.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. April - October
The Reading Room will close in bad weather and for special events.

We are fortunate to receive donations of the periodicals, books, and newspapers that fill the shelves of the Reading Room. To donate, please review our donation guidelines below and contact Wilma Sothern at
or 404-658-5910.

Book Donation Guidelines

The Reading Room is pleased to accept donated books that are appealing, clean and in good to excellent condition. We are interested in hardcover books of these types: recent fiction and nonfiction best-sellers, books about Atlanta, mysteries, science fiction, biographies, history, current science, crafts, home repair/decorating, cooking, health and exercise, art/music, indoor and outdoor gardening, and children’s books in excellent condition.

We are unable to use and do not accept: encyclopedias more than 5 years old; hardcover fiction more than 10 years old, unless the authors are still popular; textbooks of any kind; discards from any library; Reader’s Digest condensed books; magazines. The library also does not accept any books that are written in or highlighted, that have missing or torn pages or covers, have been stored in a damp, musty environment or are damaged in any other way.