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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!

Hours of operation and location

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.

Biblioteca Italiana Seattle
13028 First Ave. S.,
Burien, WA 98168

Book donations

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:

In Person
During Casa Italiana operating hours or by appointment.

Tuesday – Sunday
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Please attach a note saying "for BIS" to the books, film or music media you are donating.

By Mail
We accept book, film, and music donations by mail from all over the world. Please send your items without signature required to our mailing address listed above. At this time, we are unable to pay for postage: all shipping costs are at the expense of the donor. We do, however, offer a tax receipt upon request.

Contact us and volunteer - Internships available!

For any questions regarding donations please email us at

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! 

Il Punto! P.O. Box 30674, Seattle, WA 98113

Il Punto is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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