Community Seed Library

Our 2024 Seed Library is NOW OPEN!

The Community Seed Library is open for browsing and placing orders as of March 20, 2024. Seeds are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

About the Community Seed Library

What is the Seed Library?

The Red Deer Public Library Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated seeds available to library cardholders completely free! Members come to the library and borrow up to three packets of seeds for their garden. They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants ‘go to seed.’ From those plants, they collect seeds and return one or two packets of seeds to the library to keep the collection growing. Since seed is a living thing, it must be renewed each year somewhere by someone or unique varietals can become extinct. Even growing one seed and returning it to the library makes a difference.

What is the Purpose of the Community Seed Library

The purpose of the seed library is to educate our community on the importance of seed saving while fostering a culture of sharing, self-reliance, and community resilience, preserving and perpetuating Red Deer’s agrarian roots.

How Can I Donate Seeds?

Please fill in a Community Seed Library Donation Form, opens a new window for every kind of seed that you wish to donate and bring the seed in a sealed envelope with the form inside to any branch of Red Deer Public Library. Donation forms can also be picked up at any branch of Red Deer Public Library. 

What Types of Seeds Can I Donate?

The library accepts donations of open-pollinated seeds like beans, peas, lettuce and tomatoes as well as other types of seeds that are easy to save and adapted to urban spaces, particularly if they are adapted to the Red Deer area, or have ties to this community.

When Can I "Borrow" Seeds from the Seed Library?

Our seed library is open for browsing and placing seed "orders" as of March 20, 2024! Browse available seeds below, and place your order using the online form, opens a new window. Seeds are only available while quantities last.

Browse the Seed Library Collection

Explore our selection of seeds, then fill out the online order form, opens a new window to request up to three packets of free seeds!

Please note that we will do our best to mark items as 'out of stock' when they are no longer available; however, as there may be a delay in updating availability, we ask that you please include three potential substitutions when filling out the order form.

This service is available to current Red Deer Public Library cardholders. Did you know that library cards are free for all Red Deer residents? Find out how to sign up for a library card at, opens a new window!



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