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Dane County Seed Library

Borrowing seeds from Madison Public Library is free and easy!

  1. Pick up seeds during curbside pick-up. When you call us (608-315-5151), just let us know what seeds you would like.
  2. Grow your plants and enjoy the harvest.
  3. Collect and return some seeds if you are able. There is no penalty for not returning seeds.

By participating in the seed library you are helping to create a culture of sharing and community. Saving seeds leads to a sustainable future for your community and your garden.

Participating Libraries

*Availability may be affected by COVID-19. Contact non-Madison libraries directly for more information.

    Curbside Pickup

    Yes, seeds are available for curbside pickup at participating Madison libraries, Goodman South and Lakeview!

    Patrons can request seeds by calling 608-315-5151 or emailing Goodman South Library or Lakeview Library. Staff at the library you plan to pick up seeds from will contact you within a couple days and schedule a curbside appointment.

    There's no limit to the number of seed packets you can request and each packet contains about 10 seeds. Please note, just like with our books, there are a limited number of seeds in the collection.

    Seeds Available at participating Madison Libraries

    newly sprouted plants

    • Bush Green Beans
    • Beets

    • Collards

    • Cucumbers

    • Flowers: Cosmos, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Pansies, Sunflowers, Zinnias

    • Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage

    • Kale (lacinato)

    • Lettuce

    • Melon: Cantaloupe, Watermelon

    • Pie Pumpkin

    • Radishes

    • Spinach

    • Squash: Butternut, Zucchini

    • Sugarsnap Peas

    • Peppers: Sweet bell type, Hot

    • Tomatoes: Cherry type, Slicer type  

    Contact your library for a full list of available seeds, as availability differs at participating libraries. Available while supplies last!

    Funding

    The Dane County Seed Library was started in 2014 with a $5,000 grant provided by the John A. Johnson Fund and an anonymous donor through the Madison Community Foundation.

     

    Seed Library at Oregon Public Library

    Seed Library display at Oregon Public Library