Little Free Libraries (LFL) are “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a LFL is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The One Northside Education Strategy Team — consisting of Northside community members — wanted to develop a project that demonstrates that the Northside is a community where reading and writing are valued by children, youth and adults. The LFL project was designed to demonstrate this spirit.

The LFL project is underway with students at Pittsburgh Brashear and Pittsburgh Perry building and decorating LFLs. We are now ready to donate these LFLs to one pilot site in each of our 18 Northside neighborhoods in hopes of cross-community engagement and easier book access. If you host a library you’ll be responsible for:

  • Maintenance/repairs to Little Free Libraries
  • Installation of Library

If you’re interested in hosting a box, please contact Tad Wissel at or Debra Smallwood at

Note: Tad did check with the HRC and Zoning and as long as the libraries aren’t attached to a house or fence, zoning and permitting consider them a mailbox so they don’t require any special permitting etc.