What is a seed library? Just like a traditional library, a seed library shares the seeds from its collection with the community. Our generous donors have supplied us with various types of seeds, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. These seeds are repackaged and placed in smaller bundles for you to check out. Simple growing instructions are placed on the outside of the packages for the growers’ convenience. More detailed information can be found online at the UF/IFAS site. The seeds provided by the Library allow you to grow the freshest and healthiest food possible. Please take only what you need—we want to make sure there is plenty to go around for everyone to enjoy their own homegrown food! Please see FAQ’s below for more information. Happy Growing!
Is there a cost associated with checking out seeds?
No, the seeds are all donated by several companies for us to distribute free of charge.
How many seeds are in a package? For larger seeds, there will be 4-6 seeds per package and for smaller seeds about a pinch.
How many seeds can I check out at a time? There is no limit, but we ask to take only what you can grow to allow other patrons a growing experience.
Are the seeds from reputable companies? Yes, all the seeds have come in sealed packages from reputable companies. The only time the seeds have been opened was to transfer them into smaller packages. The seed company that made the donation is on the package.
I’m not at the Land O’ Lakes Library; can I still check out seeds? Yes, a list of currently-available seeds will be on the library website. Proceed to the reference desk at your local branch and let a staff member know that you would like to request seeds. The staff member will contact the Land O’ Lakes branch and have the seeds shipped to your branch within a couple of days. Then you are all set to grow!
How do I know what seeds are currently available? There will be a list on the Pasco County Library website that is updated monthly with the current seed inventory.
Will the Library accept donations of seeds? Yes, as long as the seeds are in the pre-sealed manufacturer package.,
I am new to gardening; will material be available to help me succeed?
Yes, there is a binder with information located at the seed catalog and online. Please see a staff member for assistance. And we have plenty of gardening books!