Seed Libraries

What is a Seed Library?

San José Public Library's Seed Libraries offer seeds to the public for free. Seed libraries were created in response to a growing need in the community for locally adapted seeds. Seed libraries also help with climate change, loss of seed integrity, and to preserve genetic diversity.

You can help our community build a sustainable food network. Visit one of our seed libraries: Take, donate, and return seeds.

How to Use a Seed Library

  • Visit a seed library.
  • Check out what's available.
  • Take your seeds.
  • Sign the register with your name, the seeds you took, and any suggestions or comments.
    • A library card is not required to use this resource!

How You Can Help

Our seed libraries welcome small donations from public or personal gardens all year long. For large quantity donations, please contact your chosen branch location with a seed library directly before visiting with your generous donation.

We ask that you take only what you need for the season from the San José Public Library's Seed Libraries. When it comes time to harvest, consider setting aside seeds to give back to the community.

Find a Seed Library at These Locations

6445 Camden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95120
3355 Noble Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132
1230 S Blaney Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
880 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95111
880 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95111
1450 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose, CA 95118
1157 Minnesota Ave
San Jose, CA 95125

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