What is our seed library all about?

On February 29, 2020, CPL will launched our first seed library. Our mission is to encourage our community to start or continue home gardens, to educate people about seed starting and seed saving methods, to save patrons money by offering a community seed bank, and to preserve the genetic diversity of plants.

We have a resource binder located next to the seed library. You will find some great information in there including: articles on starting a garden, planting charts, pest control tips, seed saving, weed identification, companion planting charts, planting charts, information on composting and soil testing, hardiness zone maps, and more.

Current Offerings:

Vegetables and Fruits: Beans (multiple types), beets, broccoli (multiple types), cabbage (multiple types), cantaloupe, carrots

(multiple types), cauliflower, celery, corn (multiple types), cucumber (multiple types), eggplant (black beauty), gourds, kale, (multiple types), kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce (multiple types), melon (early silver line), microgreens, okra, onions (multiple types), parsnips, peas (multiple types), peppers (multiple types), pumpkins, radishes (multiple types), spinach, squash (multiple

types), swiss chard, tomatoes (multiple types), turnip, watermelon


Herbs: Chamomile, fennel, parsley, sage, sweet marjoram,



Flowers (Annuals): Amaranthus, aster, bachelor’s buttons,

cardinal climber, Chinese forget-me-not, cleome, coleus, convolvulus, coreopsis, cosmos (multiple types), forget-me-not, four o’clocks (multiple types), impatiens (multiple types), morning glory (multiple types), marigold (multiple types), nasturtium, phlox, poppy, snapdragons (multiple types), sunflowers (multiple types), sweet pea (multiple types), tithonia(multiple types), viola,

zinnia (multiple types)


Flowers (Perennials): Alyssum, butterfly blend, pansy

(biennial), poppy, Shasta daisy

Seed Library Policies

Borrowing Seeds:

  • You do not have to have a library card to take seeds.

  • We ask that everyone taking seeds fills out the Seed Borrowing Log with today's date, type of seeds taken, and number of packets.

  • Seeds are arranged by type (vegetable, herb, flower) and then alphabetically by common name. Older seeds are placed in front of newer seeds.

  • If you are taking seeds from the previous growing year, we ask that you only take what you'll use so that we will have enough seeds for everyone.

    • For larger seeds like squash, ​please take 3-5 per variety.

    • For smaller seeds such as carrots or herbs, please take a pinch.

  • If you're selecting seeds from an older growing year (2 years prior), you may take more seeds as germination rates may not be as high.

  • Blank envelopes are located beside the seed library and can be used for each seed variety you choose. You may wish to fill out labels to include the common name, variety, etc.

Lending Seeds:

If you'd like to donate seeds to our library, please follow these guidelines:

  • We only accept hybrid seeds if they come from a seed company; hybrid seeds from your own plants may produce unpredictable offspring​.

  • Organic, non-GMO, heirloom seeds are preferred but we will take other types!

  • We only accept open-pollinated seeds if they come from plants that were only grown around the same variety. For example, if you grew several kinds of squash near each other, the resulting seeds may produce hybrid plants. If you only grow one variety, such as crookneck yellow squash but no other kinds in the Curcubit family, those seeds would likely not produce hybrids so we would accept those.

  • Fill out the seed label and include it with your seed donations - 1 form per type of seed.

CPL's Seed Library


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