BIS - Biblioteca Italiana Seattle
Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS), is a program operated by the Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto. BIS is a library of books, movies and music in the Italian language. The BIS catalog includes over 2,500 books available for free to the general public. It spans fiction, history, biography, art, cooking, travel, Italian language learning, and a sizable collection of children’s books. We also carry Italian DVDs and CDs. The BIS is free to anyone -- members and non-members of Il Punto. However, you must register as a BIS patron in-person to borrow books. Il Punto members are automatically also BIS patrons. Check out our catalog!
IMPORTANT: Il Punto has recently moved the BIS to Burien. It is now located inside the Casa Italiana building. BIS will remain a program under the Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto. We hope the new location will give more people access to this one-of-a-kind collection.
We are still unboxing and re-shelving our collection and are not ready to begin lending again. Book, music and film donations are still being accepted.
We accept new and used books in good condition at the discretion of the BIS staff. Please note that by donating any items to BIS you are permanently relinquishing ownership without any form of compensation. Prior to contacting us, please compile a list of the titles you intend to donate along with the author and year of publication. You can make your donation in the following ways:
Tuesday – Sunday
Please attach a note saying "for BIS" to the books, film or music media you are donating.
Contact us and volunteer - Internships available!
For any questions regarding donations please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love books and Italian culture or just want to lend a hand? Become a BIS volunteer! We rely on volunteers to keep the BIS running, so your donation of time would be very much appreciated. Only basic computer skills are necessary, besides a passion for Italian culture and availability once or twice every 6 months.
High school and college students or instructors looking for internship or community service opportunities are strongly encouraged to contact us!
Contact email@example.com to make arrangements for your book donation. We are especially interested in:
We do not accept: