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IndyPL Seed Library

The IndyPL Seed Library is located at the Glendale branch and at the Spades Park branch. The Seed Library is open and free to the public. It is available during regular branch hours from late March through October. We provide seeds for check-out (as well as education and resources about growing and saving seeds and organic gardening). The vast majority of the seeds are open pollinated. Many of them are also organic or heirloom seeds.


Patrons may check out up to 5 packets per visit, to a total of 15 packets per season, and plant them in their home garden.

Seed Donation

At the end of the growing season, patrons may choose to save seeds to return to the library and/or keep for their garden next year. The Seed Library will accept only open-pollinated seeds that are self-pollinated unless the donor can demonstrate that proper procedures were taken to prevent cross-pollination. Seeds can be self, wind, or insect-pollinated. An open-pollinated seed means that it is not a hybrid and the seed will produce a plant much like the one it came from. A hybrid is a cross of two parents and the seeds of a hybrid will revert back to characteristics of one of the parents. There is no way to predict what you'll get from seed saved from a hybrid plant.

Acceptable self-pollinated seeds include:

  • Beans
  • Fava Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

Each donation should be attached to a form that the donor has completed. Incomplete forms may mean that the seed cannot be accepted for the Seed Library.

Corn and soybeans seeds will NOT be accepted due to their extensive commercial use in Indiana.