The Seed Library at Woodbury Public Library is a collection of seed packets and growing instructions designed to encourage people to plant, save, and share seeds.

Our seed library is about…Seed drawers

  • Encouraging our community to dig in and garden.
  • Reconnecting our community to the traditions of growing tasty, healthy food.
  • Reconnecting our community to the outdoors and wildlife.
  • Educating our community about growing, harvesting, and saving seeds.
  • Creating a community-sustained seed collection at our Library.
  • Providing information, instruction and education about sustainable gardening.

How it works:

  • You must have a library card from a library in Gloucester County to participate.
  • Seeds are “checked out” from the library with the understanding that you will grow the seeds.
  • We hope that you will save seeds from the plants, and return a similar package of seeds to the library at the end of the growing season.  Alternatively, you may donate some produce to your  local food bank (see below for a list).
  • There is no fine if the seeds are not returned.

Seeds Currently Available for Checkout:

  • Beans Hidatsa Shield Figure (dried)
  • Eggplant Violetta Lunga
  • Sweet  Basil
  • Asian Greens Chinese Broccoli
  • Rutabaga Gilfeathers
  • Pumpkin Tan Cheese
  • Pumpkin Seminole
  • Winter Squash Sibley
  • Tomato Red Fig
  • Tomato Earliana
  • Tomato Principe Borghese

  *NEW FOR 2017*

  • Blauwe Groninger Kale
  • Nanticoke Squash
  • Maule’s Philadelphia Butter Lettuce
  • Belleville Sorrel
  • Carrot Calliope Blend Seeds
  • Dragon Carrots




Documents to help you get started:

  • Seed Library Application: Fill in this brief form and return it to the Library to make your seed request.
  • Planning a Garden: This is for the gardener who is just starting out. It’s an overview of how to plan a garden, how to start seeds, a planting chart, and how to plan a harvest.  Seed and plant sources are included in this document.
  • How to Save Seeds:  This document covers the seed-saving process. If you’re an established gardener, this will help you along your seed-saving journey.
  • Garden Journal: This document can function as a traditional journal that you print out and write, or you can use the fill-in-form function built into the file. There are instructions in the document on how to use it as a form. If you choose to use the form function, you can submit your journal to the Library Seed Bank project which is collecting local gardening information for public reference and historic record-keeping.  There is an email link in the document if you choose to submit it. Please stop the library, check out some seeds, and browse our collection of gardening and seed-saving books. If you have any questions, please contact the library!

 Food Banks:

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries
330 E. Barber Ave.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Food Bank of South Jersey
1501 John Tipton Blvd.,
Pennsauken, NJ 08110





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