Seed Lending Library

What is a Seed Library?How to Borrow SeedsHow to "Return"/Donate Seeds
List of Currently Available SeedsGardening Resources

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library is a place where you can "check out" seeds and bring back new seeds from your harvest! The basic idea is that you take seeds from the lending library, plant them, grow the plants, let some go to seed, and then return some of these next-generation seeds for others to borrow. (Don’t worry, we don’t have fines if you don’t return seeds.) We also accept store-bought seeds!

How to Borrow Seeds

In The Library Building

  1. Check out the List of Currently Available Seeds by the black drop box on the upper level of the Green Street lobby and choose which ones you’d like.
  2. Ask circulation staff to bring you the seeds you would like to take with you.
  3. Take seeds home, grow, and return some seeds in the fall!

Through Curbside Pickup

  1. See List of Currently Available Seeds below.
  2. Call 217-367-4405 to reserve the seeds you want.
  3. Staff will schedule a curbside pickup appointment for you over the phone.

How to “Return” / Donate Seeds

In The Library Building

  1. Seeds must be in a sealed plastic bag (we accept harvested and store-bought seeds). Please include the following information on a piece of paper inside the bag: common name (ex: Kale) and variety (ex: Russian Red).
  2. Drop the black drop box that is located on the upper level of the Green Street lobby.

Through Curbside Pickup

  1. Prepare the seeds the same way as above.
  2. Make a reservation to drop off the seeds through curbside pickup by calling 217-367-4405.

List of Currently Available Seeds

(Updated regularly)

Culinary Plants

  • Bush Beans: Blue Lake
  • Carrot: Danver’s Half-Long
  • Kale: Blue Scotch Curled
  • Melon: Honey Rock (Cantaloupe)
  • Melon: Honey Dew
  • Peppers: California Wonder (Bell Pepper)
  • Zucchini: Bush

Gardening Resources

Are you looking for resources to help you set up or maintain your garden?

Go to our Gardening Resources page.