BIS - Biblioteca Italiana Seattle

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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 -- Il Punto members and non-members. 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

Il Punto's BIS collection is currently located inside the Casa Italiana building located at 13028 First Ave S in Burien, WA. It is our hope this new location will give more people access to this one-of-a-kind collection when the Casa Italiana building is fully open to the public for business. BIS does not currently have regular operating hours.

We are still unboxing and re-shelving our collection and preparing to resume lending sometime in the near future. Until then, book, music and film donations are still being accepted.

For questions regarding BIS reopening please email

Donations of books, films, or music.

Please fill out a donation form prior to donating materials or contacting us:

Donation form (English)
Modulo donazione (Italiano)

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. You can make your donation in the following ways:

Please fill out one of our book donation forms prior to making a book, film, or music donation.

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. To request a tax receipt for your item donation please contact treasurer @

In Person
Books, films and music can be donated in person by appointment

    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

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