Northwest Commission Opens Little Free Library

A new Little Free Library at 395 Seneca St. in Oil City has joined the movement t share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.  

This Little Free Library project was the result of a lifelong passion of reading and sharing by Lisa Beach, loan closing coordinator at the Northwest PA Regional Planning & Development Commission.  

Beach reached out to community members and family and friends to fulfill her dream of creating the Little Free Library. Donated by Nate Schiffer, owner of Schiffer's Custom Cabinetry in Seneca, the maple library is complete with a glass door and cedar shingles. 

Little Free Library is a free book exchange for the community.  If someone sees something they would like to read, they may take it and share it with a friend. Then, they would take it back to the library or leave it in another Little Free Library.  Those who have books they would like to share may drop the off for others to read.  

The library's mission is to build community, inspire readers and expand book access for all. 

Sponsored by the Northwest Commission, the library was registered with the Little Free Library organization and is now open to the community in front of the Northwest Commission Building.  Visit for more information and to see and interactive map of the registered libraries across the world and their stories.