What is the Seed Library?
As a library cardholder, your household has access to a variety of seeds so that you can grow your own food and enhance your desert garden. Library cardholders can check out three packets of seeds per month per household. Seeds are free, cannot be reserved, and availability is determined by supply and season. There are no overdue fees associated with seeds and you are not required to return anything. Simply stop by, take a look at what’s available, and bring your seeds up to the Information Desk for check out.
So that we can continue this tradition of sharing a diverse collection of seeds for the community, you are welcome and encouraged to donate saved seeds from your healthy harvests. If you choose to donate, we ask that you provide us with as much information about the seeds as possible. There will be envelopes available at the Seed Library for donations. We appreciate your time and efforts!
The Seed Library is located at our Sunset Branch
Chandler Public Library has a large collection of books & resources to help you get started with both gardening and seed saving!
Curious about what seeds to plant in the low desert and when? Take a look at this planting calendar provided by the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. This is especially handy for planting and growing food in our unique climate.
Interested in saving seeds to donate? Please check out the following web pages for tips and strategies on saving seeds:
Have a plant question? Reach out to a Master Gardener or the Plant Hotline.
The Seed Library was established in Spring 2021 and was made possible through a grant from the American Library Association. Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association.
Our Seed Library was also made possible by generous contributions from Native Seed Search, Seed Savers Exchange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, the Chandler Environmental Education Center, the Arizona Herb Association, and members of the community who have a passion for seeds!