Seed Library

if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need   – cicero


Our seed library is about…

  • 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 packets 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.

Spring seeds 2021:








  • Beginning March 20, Woodbury Public Library will have seeds and seedling kits available for pick up.  Seedling kits include: an egg carton, soil, and instructions for starting your seeds. For more information, click on the image above. Check out our seed catalogs below for this year’s seed selection.  Available while supplies last!

Instructional Documents:

  • 2021 Vegetable Seed Catalog
  • 2021 Flower Seed Catalog
  • 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


Established April 2014, in partnership with Library Seed Bank.