Ask about our Seed Library at our Circulation or Info & Teen Services desks.
Seeds are organized inside the Card Catalog alphabetically. The specific type of each seed is written on the back of its packet.
You can “check out” up to 8 envelopes per month, limited to two mini envelopes per seed type. For example, you are permitted to check out 2 packets of Big Max Pumpkins, 2 packets of Jack-O-Lanterns, 2 packets of Cherokee Bush, and 2 packets of Jack Be Little, but you cannot check out 8 packets of Cherokee Bush. Each mini envelope will have roughly 10 – 12 seeds, or an approximately equivalent “pinch” when seeds are too tiny to count.
Your name, library card barcode number, and which seeds/how many envelopes you took will be marked down in our Seed Library Log. Your name, barcode, and donation will also be logged should you donate to our Seed Library.
Please mind the growing instructions on the seed packet for your plant(s) of choice. You can take a picture on your phone, or the library can make a copy of the packet with our copy machine. We also have plenty of gardening books to help you, as well!
We ask that you please donate a seed packet in exchange for “checking” seeds out. Unfortunately, we cannot accept home harvested seeds at this time. Invasive species will not be accepted. You can find the Connecticut Invasive Plant List online.
Although this rule may change in the future, at this time we cannot reliably verify the breed of each donated seed. For the sake of consistency and convenience, we ask that donations be seed packets purchased from a retailer.
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