How does the Seed Library work?

The Seed Library at OCPL is free and available at all our branches. Simply stop by and check out the variety of seeds you want. We offer 20 varieties of heirloom, non-gmo vegetable, herb, and fruit seeds. Patrons may check out up to 5 packets of each variety. Take these home and plant them in your home garden. At the end of the growing season, collect and save seeds from your harvest. Return some of your saved seeds to the library, and keep some for yourself for next year. We understand that gardening can be an uncertain venture, so you will never be penalized for not returning seeds if your crops fail. The purpose of the Seed Library is to promote healthy habits, community involvement, and sustainable living.


We are running low on many varieties of seeds this year due to increased demand. If you are travelling to the library specifically for seeds, please call ahead and check availability. Please also note that more varieties are still available at the South Oldham and Mahan Libraries. Consider visiting one of these branches for more seed options!

Grow Together!

Share your garden! Connect with other gardeners on our facebook Seed Library group page; share tips, post pictures of your garden, get advice from other growers. Check out our Pinterest Board for gardening tips!


Seed Library Brochure

Home Vegetable Gardening In Kentucky, published by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Farmer's Market Directory

Recipies for cooking from the Garden

Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid's Guide to Gardening in Kentucky