Almaden Seed Library

The San Jose Public Library, Almaden branch is happy to announce the opening of the Almaden Seed Library on Saturday, March 14, 2020! This is the second seed library within the San Jose Public Library system. With the help from the Silicon Valley Seeds organization, seed donors and seed savers, the Almaden Seed Library will offer free seeds to the public based on seasonality.


Tomorrow's Garden, book cover
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden, book cover
Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens, book cover
Grow More With Less, book cover
Grow A Sustainable Diet, book cover
Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow, book cover

About Seed Libraries

Seed libraries are a place where communities receive seeds for free or a small fee. The San Jose Public Library, Almaden Branch Seed Library offers seeds to the public for free. Seed libraries are created in response to climate change, loss of seed integrity, and to preserve genetic diversity. The Almaden Seed Library was created in response to a growing need in the community for locally adapted seeds. By taking, donating and returning seeds the community develops a sustainable food network and cultivates self sustainability.

Martha's Spring Gardening, book cover
Flower Gardening With Spring Bulbs, book cover
Heirloom Vegetable Gardening, book cover
How to Grow More Vegetables* (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops), book cover
The Backyard Gardener, book cover
 The New Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit, book cover

How You Can Help

The Almaden Seed Library welcomes small donations from public or personal gardens all year long. For large quantity donations, donations from local organizations and businesses please contact the Almaden Branch Library directly to create an appointment with the seed Librarian.

We ask that you take only what you need for the season from the Almaden Seed Library. When it comes time to harvest, set aside seeds to give back to your local seed library to share with the community.

Seed Saving, book cover
The Manual of Seed Saving, book cover
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Seed Saving & Starting, book cover
 The Garden Seed Saving Guide, book cover
Seed to Seed, book cover
Starting & Saving Seeds, book cover

Local Seed Libraries

Interested in visiting other seed libraries? Meander over to these public libraries to take a look at what their seed resources have to offer: