Biblioteca Italiana Seattle

English | Italiano

The Biblioteca Italiana Seattle (BIS) is a library of over 3,000 books in Italian available for free to the general public. The collection is diverse and spans every genre, including history, classics, literature, art, and biography. A sizeable collection of film, music, and translations of Italian classics in English is also available. BIS is operated by the Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto.

Hours and Location

We are located within Casa Italiana, at:

13028 First Ave. S.
Burien, WA 98168

We are currently not lending books. Donations are still being accepted during Casa Italiana business hours, available on their website.


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. Your donation form serves as a tax receipt, please keep a copy for your records. You can make your donation in the following ways:

By Mail
We accept 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.

In Person
Donations can be made in-person during Casa Italiana business hours or 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

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

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