BIS – Biblioteca Italiana Seattle

The Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS) is a library of books in Italian or about Italy, provided by Il Punto. We carry over 2,500 books spanning fiction, history, biography, art, coooking, travel, Italian language learning, and a sizeable collection of children’s books. We have the largest collection of Italian books in the Pacific Northwest that is open to the public, including some historical and hard to find books and documents about Italians in the PNW. We also carry DVDs and CDs. The catalog, which is alwasy expanding, is accessible online at Users may borrow books free of charge and need not be members of Il Punto, although we strongly enourage you to become a member or at the very least donate.

Hours of operation: The BIS is open every Sunday 2-4 pm. Stop by at that time and a volunteer will help you find what you are looking for. Email for more information.

Location: The BIS is co-located with the Italian Cultural Center – Il Punto, at 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98133. 

Donations: We accept donations of new and used books in good condition. We are especially interested in modern Italian fiction and poetry, as well as international classics translated in Italian, or bilingual editions of Italian and international works. Of particular interest would be documents of historical value relevant to the Italian experience in Seattle, such as old passports, immibration papers, member registries of historical Italian clubs in the PNW, and old Italian books. New books can be bought through either,, or Feel free to choose the most convenient source.

Volunteering: We would not be able to have a BIS without volunteers. If you can spare just one Sunday afternoon once in a while you can help us keep the BIS open, and meet new people!  It’s very easy and no special skills are necessary. Contact us at to learn more about volunteering, or through Facebook page.


Some BIS reviews:

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog – May 13, 2014

L’Italo-Americano – June 19, 2014

We The Italians – July 2, 2014


For additional Italian literature (both in Italian and English), Italian movies and Italian language learning tools we invite you to check also the local Public libraries: Seattle Public Library and King County.