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.

The Alfred Box of Books Library Seed Library began in 2017 with a donation from Seed Savers Exchange. Patrons donating their own seeds kept the seed library well stocked. In 2022, we received a large donation from Hudson Valley Seeds.

We have a variety of seeds from vegetables to flowers, and the inventory is always changing as donations are received.

How does it work?

Patrons can borrow seeds to plant in their gardens.  At the end of the season, they can collect seeds from the garden to return to the library for further sharing. Or you can donate any seeds you have!

How to Borrow and/or Donate Seeds

  1. Browse through the seeds and select the ones you’d like to borrow.
  2. Let staff know how many packets you are taking. (We keep statistics on how much the library is used each year!)
  3. Plant your seeds!
  4. If you have seeds to donate, simply bring them to the library and turn them in to the staff at the circulation desk. We will package them and add them to the seed library!

For more information on the Seed Library at Alfred Box of Books, please email us at