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.
There are 4 Seed Library locations throughout Elgin County to serve you.
14134 Belmont Road
Seed Library for 2023 starts March 27, 2023 at Belmont Library
236 Shackleton Street
Seed Library for 2023 starts March 6, 2023 at Dutton Library
35921 Talbot Line
Seed Library for 2023 starts March 6, 2023 at Shedden Library
12105 Whittaker Road
Seed Library for 2023 starts March 27, 2023 at Springfield Library
How to 'borrow' seeds?
- 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.
- Grow! Plant seeds; learn how to grow; have fun and experiment!
- Return! If you’re able to collect and return seeds in the fall we would be so grateful.