Seed Library Debuts at Harold Washington Library Center

Seed Library and books on display with flyers

Seed Library in card catalog with books on display

Are you getting your garden started? Check out our new seed library pilot at Harold Washington Library Center. A seed library enables the free exchange of seeds—community members check out, grow and return a portion of the harvested seeds.

A seed library encourages healthful food and sustainable practices at no or low cost, while preserving and protecting the biodiversity of plants and food crops.

If you'd like learn more or borrow seeds, come to the 4th floor of Harold Washington Library Center. Learn about the available varieties, find gardening and seed saving books and resources, and choose your seeds. While returning harvested seeds is not required, one goal of this pilot is to grow our seed collection in number and variety through community support.

The CPL seed library is brought to you by the staff of the Business, History and Sciences Division at Harold Washington Library Center and supported by a generous initial seed donation from the Seed Savers Exchange.