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, cooking, travel, Italian language learning, and a sizable 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 always expanding, is accessible online at https://bis.libib.com. Users may borrow books free of charge and need not be members of Il Punto, although we strongly encourage 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, immigration papers, member registries of historical Italian clubs in the PNW, and old Italian books. New books can be bought through either www.amazon.com, www.rizzoliusa.com, www.deastore.com or www.libreriapino.com. 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 email@example.com to learn more about volunteering, or through Facebook page.
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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.
Story time in Italian for kids 1st-6th grade. A volunteer, native Italian speaker, will meet parents and kids at 2.30PM every second Sunday of the month at Biblioteca Italiana Seattle for 20-30min reading time of favole italiane.
Everyone is welcome! Access to the Library is free, but we suggest you become a member of Il Punto! Italian Cultural Center to help support our activities.
We would also like to remind that BIS also has a section dedicated to kids and teens. It is very important that children born in the US from Italian and Italian-American couples are exposed to Italian language from an early age, so it is not forgotten over time. BIS offers a great variety of books, illustrated works and comics that parents and children can borrow and enjoy.