Back to top

Dane County Seed Library

The Dane County Seed Library is a self-sustaining seed exchange program. Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of ~15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing and harvesting the vegetables, participants are encouraged to return seeds to the library they checked the seeds out from. This helps ensure a continuous supply of seeds and keeps the program running.

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.

    Please note, just like with our books, there is a limited number of seeds in the collection.

    Seeds Available at participating Madison Libraries

    newly sprouted plants

    • Lettuces
      • Red sails (leaf)
      • Buttercrunch Butterhead (head)
    • Herbs
      • Chives
      • Rosemary
      • Basil
      • Cilantro
      • Parsley
    • Greens
      • Olympia Spinach
      • Bloomsdale Spinach
      • Vates Collards
      • Red Russian Kale
    • Bush Green Beans
    • Sugarsnap Peas
    • Early Wonder Tall Top Beets


    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