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We’ve got more than books at the library! Take a look at the seed libraries we have opened at multiple locations throughout San Diego Public Library. These seed libraries are free to use and can be picked up onsite or even mailed out! Seed varieties, pickup options and requirements vary by location. Seeds are limited to what is on hand. Please check each seed library location for more details on what is available.
 
Similar to checking out books, patrons are able to check out seeds for personal use. By borrowing seeds, growing a plant and sending seeds back to our seed libraries, you’ll be helping us keep our seed library programs going. We want our communities and patrons to borrow, grow and harvest seeds! In addition, many of these seed libraries have related workshops and events on gardening, composting and more. You can also find resources for growing and harvesting food on the City's Urban Farming website.

Free Seeds

Grow healthy food for yourself and others.
 
Seeds include melons, carrots, squash, and more! Helpful tips for starting your plants from seed included in each package. Check out vegetable gardening books to learn more. This is a wonderful way to connect with your library, nature, and the people in your community. Visit your library today to get your free seeds.
 
One package of each type of seed available per visit.
 
Thank you to Vlada’s Seeds for Life and the Ahern Seed Company for their generous donation.
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Seed Libraries

Ocean Beach Seed Library

Ocean Beach Seed Library began in the spring of 2019 It quickly took root in the neighborhood and, with the assistance of Friend of the Ocean Beach Library, community partners and dedicated staff, became a hub for patrons to share and lend seeds. Ocean Beach Library often hosts Seed Library programming as part of a community movement for sustainable urban agriculture.
 
To check out seeds from this location, please call the Ocean Beach Library at (619) 531-1532. No library card is required.
 
In addition, the OB Seed Library has a Facebook group online. Become a member in order to get the latest updates, news and resources from our staff. Members also share and discuss gardening ideas, suggestions and share their stories.

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Scripps Miramar Ranch Seed Library

A year after the success of the Ocean Beach Seed Library, our second location sprouted in January of 2020. The Scripps Ranch Seed Library is our second such location to serve our San Diego patrons with seeds. Established by Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) with donations from seed companies, it is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library and managed by Scripps Miramar Ranch Library staff.
 
To request seeds-by-mail during the COVID-19 closures, use the Seed Library Inventory to create a top 3 pick list and email your request to seedlibrary@srfol.org. You may also call the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library and speak to staff for more details (858) 538-8158.

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College-Rolando Seed Library

The College-Rolando Seed Library sprouted early 2021 and is one of our most recent locations. Seed library users may check out locally adapted, non-GMO, heirloom seeds. The College-Rolando Seed Library will also host free workshops and programs aimed at vegetable gardening, local ecology, sustainability and so much more.
 
Seeds are available for contactless pickup only. For the updated seed inventory and to answer any questions, please call College-Rolando Library at (619) 533-3902.

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Rancho Peñasquitos Seed Library

The Rancho Peñasquitos Seed Library is our latest location to take root. Thanks to donations from seed companies, library users may check out locally adapted, non-GMO, heirloom seeds. In the future, Rancho Peñasquitos Seed Library will host free workshops and programs focusing on gardening and other related topics.
 
Seeds are available for contactless pickup only. For the updated seed inventory and to answer any questions, please call Rancho Peñasquitos Library at (858) 538-8159.

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