Berkshire Eagle photo

What is a seed library?
Each seed library has different rules and guidelines. But typically a library member can look through an assortment of seed packets, select the varieties he or she likes, and take them home to plant. Some seed libraries ask that you collect the seeds your plant produces to return to the seed library for others to “borrow.”

Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Time Magazine photo)

Why would you go to a seed library?
Seed libraries are helpful for several reasons: If you’re on a budget, it’s a free option. If you only need a few seeds – instead of a large packet filled with extras that will just go to waste. If you’re looking for varieties that are new to you, it’s a great place to browse. If you’re interested in connecting with other gardeners in your community. If you’d like to contribute to the sustainability of your region’s biodiversity.

Where is the nearest seed library?
There are seed libraries all over the world. The largest is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. Here is a list of some of the seed libraries in Massachusetts as of 2018 – you’ll want to call ahead for their hours before visiting. Learn more about Tower Hill’s Seed Library and find links to other area seed libraries!