What is the seed library?

  • Seed libraries across the country encourage urban, suburban, and rural residents to grow no-cost/low-cost nutritious food at home by providing seeds to individuals. Growers of all skill levels are invited to join the Seed Library at the Little Turtle branch of the Allen County Public Library
  • Seeds from locally grown plants are better suited to our local soil and climate.
  • Seeds can be more resistant to local pests and disease

How does it work?

  • It’s simple! Visit the Little Turtle branch and look over the selection of seeds. Call 260-421-1335 to reserve your seeds.
  •  Choose up to 8 packets of seeds, take them to the checkout desk and record what you are taking. You do not need a library card to be a part of the Seed Library.
  • Grow the plants and save some of their seeds. Keep some seeds for yourself and give some back to the Seed Library for others to use.
  • Seeds from locally grown plants are better suited to our local soil and climate, and can be more resistant to local pests and disease.

How much does it cost?

  • It’s free to everyone! The Seed Library began with money donated to the Little Turtle Branch by local author Michael Martone when he won the Indiana Authors Award. The Seed Library is sustained by growers who share their seeds with the community.

How can I learn to grow my own food?

  • Your local library has a vast selection of books for all ages on growing food. The Purdue University Extension office website is a fantastic resource for all of your gardening questions.

Can I donate seeds?

  • Yes, please! We accept open-pollinated seeds from plants in our area. When you donate seeds please include the name of the seeds, the year in which they were collected, the city in which they were collected, and your name. Please let us know if you prefer to not have your name listed on the seed packet.
  • Your local library or Extension Office will have information on proper seed saving techniques.

What kinds of seeds do you have at the Seed Library?


It’s time to grow your garden!

You can check out seeds from the Seed Library at the Little Turtle branch.
Call 421-1335 to reserve your seeds.