Seed Library

A seed library is a community service that allows anyone to take seeds and raise their own flowers or vegetables to maturity before optionally harvesting the mature plant’s seeds to bring back to the library, for the cycle to start anew.

If you have an Elgin County Library card, you can borrow seeds completely free! Seeds are available seasonally and there is usually a limit per family set by each Seed Library to ensure that all community members have a chance at taking seeds home. 

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There are 4 Seed Library locations throughout Elgin County to serve you.

Belmont library


14134 Belmont Road
Belmont, Ontario
N0L 1B0

Seed Library for 2024 starts March 26, 2024 at Belmont Library

Dutton Library


236 Shackleton Street
Dutton, Ontario
N0L 1J0

Seed Library for 2024 starts March 7, 2024 at Dutton Library

Shedden library


35921 Talbot Line
Shedden, Ontario
N0L 2E0

Seed Library for 2024 starts March 5, 2024 at Shedden Library

Springfield Library


12105 Whittaker Road
Springfield, Ontario
N0L 2J0

Seed Library for 2024 starts March 26, 2024 at Springfield Library

How to 'borrow' seeds?

Call an Elgin County Library branch with a Seed Library – Belmont, Dutton, Shedden, Springfield – and place your seed order. Unsure if the seeds you want are available? Ask then, too! Then pick up your seeds during the branch’s open hours using your Elgin County Library card. Questions? Please email or call your branch or (519) 631-1460 x 109 for further information.
  1. Borrow! Stop by one of our seed library branches (Belmont, Dutton, Shedden & Springfield) and request an Order Form with our current collection of seeds. Check out up to 6 seed packets per family with your Elgin County Library card for free.
  2. Grow! Plant seeds; learn how to grow; have fun and experiment!
  3. Return! If you’re able to collect and return seeds in the fall we would be so grateful. 

Resources for getting started

Books in our Collection

Online Resources

How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons

Available through hoopla's Great Courses BingePass

Gardening Courses through Universal Class

Introduction to Gardening, All About Herbs, Vegetable Gardnening 101 and more

Elgin County Library Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 23 at 1pm, all ECL branches are closed

December 24 – January 1, all ECL branches closed

Tuesday, January 2, all ECL branches open for regular hours

Our digital library is open all day every day!