Seed Library

Welcome to our Seed Libraries! Using public libraries as a place to borrow and trade seeds has existed for quite a while and is growing in popularity. Seed libraries create community around planting and growing and can help address environmental concerns, food sustainability, hunger and promote good health.

BCPL patrons are welcome to take seeds and return or donate seeds, with a suggested limit of 5 packages per household.
How does it work? Fill in the “Seed Library Checkout Sheet” to take seeds from the Library using the first three digits of your Library Card. If you choose, you may take an empty envelope to return harvested seeds.

Our seed libraries can be found in 10 locations:

  • Chesley
  • Kincardine
  • Lucknow
  • Southampton
  • Teeswater
  • Tobermory
  • Walkerton
  • Wiarton
  • Ripley
  • Bookmobile

Don’t miss our hydroponic unit located at the Teeswater branch. The hydroponic unit will grow herbs, which patrons may come in and snip, or grab a pre-cut bunch from staff.

Thank you to all our Seed Library donors:

NWMO for their donation of $3,000 to be used towards the new hydroponic unit, seeds and materials for our Seed Library boxes
Bruce Botanical Food Gardens
The Secret Garden
Ontario Seed Company
Ripley & District Horticultural Society
Saugeen Shores Senior School Grade 11 Construction Class
And all the individual donors and seed savers in our communities!

Visit our online catalogue to view and reserve our great selection of books and resources to support your gardening journey, and visit our YouTube channel for how to and informational videos.