Seed Library

Milkweed Cinderella Swampweed

Borrowing seeds from Oregon Public Library is free and easy!

  1. Check out seeds.
  2. Grow your plants and enjoy the harvest.
  3. Collect and return some seeds if you are able. There is no penalty for not returning seeds.

By participating in the seed library you are helping to create a culture of sharing and community. Saving seeds leads to a sustainable future for your community and your garden.

Spring Coming Soon!


Bush Beans

Pole Beans

Butterfly Weed*

Hoary Vervain*






Cinderella Swamp Milkweed

Common Milkweed*

Nodding Onion*



Serrano Pepper


Prairie Dropseed*


Rattlesnake Master*


Spinach Coming soon!


Tommy Toe Tomato

Wisconsin 55 Tomato

*A Wisconsin native plant. Seeds collected locally with permission by the Oregon Nature Alliance.

Planting & Seed Collection Binder

Planting Instructions

We will have information and planting instructions on all of our seeds. Download the instructions for all our seeds or pick up half sheets on the seeds you get when you come in. 

2023 Seed Library Planting Instructions (PDF)

Return Seeds

Save the envelope that your seeds came in. When you have collected seeds, put the seeds in the envelope and return them to the library.

If you lost the envelope, please return the seeds as if they are a donation.

Dill seeds to plant

Donate Seeds

We will gladly accept seed donations! If seeds are donated that do not fit our requirements, they will be given away for free. 

Use the Seed Donation Form (PDF) and return the seeds to the library.

Seeds must be:

  • open pollinated variety
  • for a non-invasive plant

Seeds that are not added to the library will be available for free to the public.

More Information

For even more information, contact Kara Ripley at kripley [at] (kripley[at]oregonlibrary[dot]org)