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MCLD - Seed Library

The Seed Library is a made possible by a collaboration with Garden Pool, a local organization dedicated to sustainable food practices. The library itself 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 local seed stocks that are better acclimated to our unique desert climate and which support an abundant and genetically diverse landscape. We support gardeners from beginner to expert, and help you learn how to grow, harvest, and save seeds. We plan to open a seed library at each of our branches over the coming months.

Our seed collection depends on donations and seasonality. You’ll see different seeds available at different times, so check in frequently to see what’s available. See a list of seeds you can borrow.

Seed Library FAQ

What is the Seed Library?

The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can borrow from to plant and grow at home. Our seed collection depends on donations and seasonality. You’ll see different seeds available at different times, so check in frequently to see what’s available.

Is a seed library available at my branch?

We currently have Seed Libraries available at the following branches:

Southeast Regional Library - Gilbert White Tank Branch Library - Waddell

We will be adding more Seed Libraries to branches throughout 2017!

How do I check out seeds?

Your Maricopa County Library card is your key to borrowing seeds. You can check-out up to three packets of seeds per month, just as you would books, DVDs, and any other library materials. Except there are not any late fees (overdue fines) with seeds.

Do I have to return seeds?

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. By saving seeds as a community, we help create local seed stocks that are better acclimated to our desert climate.

How do I start growing seeds?

Check the library’s calendar of events to see what gardening and seed saving workshops are happening at your library, or check-out one of the library’s many gardening and seed saving books. If you don’t see an event planned at your branch, let us know so we can schedule one!

How do I know when to plant seeds for best results?

Check out our guide to see which seeds should be planted when.