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? Seed amounts will vary with size. For larger seeds, there will be 5-8 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? Currently-available seeds can be ordered on the library website and sent to your local branch. Otherwise, proceed to the reference desk and let a staff member know that you would like to request seeds. Staff can place your order and have the seeds shipped to your branch for pickup within a couple days. Then you are all set to grow! The recently remodeled New River Library will have a Seed Library to browse in the coming months.
How do I know what seeds are currently available? You can access the list of available seeds on the Seed Library page located in the Pasco County Library website. Navigate to Services > Seed Library and click ‘Check Available Seeds.’ It will redirect you to a catalog updated regularly.
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!