Collage of pictures from seed library.
The seed library at the Alfred Box of Books Library.

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library is a free exchange of seeds within a community.  The goal of a seed library is to protect local biodiversity and expanding access to agriculture.

How does it work?

Patrons can borrow seeds to plan in their gardens.  At the end of the season, they can collect seeds from the garden to return to the library for further sharing.

  • If you’re interested in participating, tell library staff you’d like to borrow seeds.
  • Complete the Patron Seed Record Form
  • Pick out your seeds and plant them in your garden.
  • At the end of the season, collect and save seeds as outlined in the Seed Saving Tips
  • Bring dried seeds to the library with a note including information on plant name, variety, year and location of harvest.
  • Please return as many seeds as you borrowed.
  • Library staff will update Patron Seed Record.
  • Staff will package seeds and label them according to information you provide
  • Seeds will be added to the seed library to be borrowed by other growers.

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