Seed Library

Small seedlings sprouting in cardboard starter tray

About the Seed Library

The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home. By saving seeds as a community, we help create locally adapted plant varieties and preserve genetic diversity. 

The Seed Library is made possible through the generous support of Grow Springfield and Slow Food Springfield.

How to Use the Seed Library

Using the Seed Library is easy!

  1. Pick out the seeds you would like to plant.
    • Take up to 5 different seed packets per family per month.
    • Please do not take all the same variety of seeds—leave some for others to enjoy!
  2. Take your seeds home and plant them.
  3. If you are able, consider saving some seeds from your mature plants and donating them back to the seed library.

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Seed Library FAQs

A: The Seed Library is on the 2nd floor of the library, in front of the Reference & Information Desk.

A: No, you do not need to return seeds to the library. There is no obligation to save and return seeds, especially if you’re new to seed saving. As you grow as a gardener and a seed saver, we hope that you will consider sharing your seeds with the Seed Library community.

A: The Seed Library is free to use and there are no late fees or replacement costs. No library card is required to use the Seed Library.

A: Supplies and varieties vary, but the focus is on vegetables and other edible plants. To check what seeds are currently available, call us at 217-753-4900, ext. 5630 or stop by to browse!

A: Please fill out a Seed Donation Slip to tell us about the seeds you are donating.