It's always a good time of year to bring seeds to the Seed Library! To return borrowed seeds, or to donate Yukon-grown vegetable and flower seeds, please place clean, dry seeds in an envelope, plastic bag or jar. Be prepared to fill out a form at the library with information that will help fellow gardeners who will borrow the seeds. Let us know the type and variety of seed, the growing history, and some tips on successful growing conditions. This information will be passed on to the community.
Libraries are all about sharing resources in many different formats. Seed libraries help nurture a thriving community of local gardeners, growers, and seed savers. In addition to providing access to free seeds, the library aims to support gardeners, from beginner to expert, through the process of growing, harvesting, and seed saving.
How it works
Are seeds available all year?
Yes. You may borrow and donate seeds at any time of year. The best variety and selection is available in the spring, but perennials are available year-round.
How many can I check out?
Ten packets of seeds may be checked out at one time by each patron.
I can't find seeds in the library catalogue!
The list of seeds available is separate from the library catalogue. Please download the list of seeds [ 140 KB] or drop by the library to browse the seed collection.
Can I get organic seeds?
At the moment only a few seed varieties in our collection are certified organic. Organic seeds are indicated on the label.
When do I return the seeds?
Please save seeds at the end of the growing season when you harvest your plants. They can be returned to the library at any time.
What if I can’t return seeds?
There are no “overdue” fines for seeds that are not returned! You will not be punished if you are not able to return seeds, but returning seeds will help the Seed Library replenish itself and become self-sufficient.
Do I have to bring back the same type of seeds?
Ideally yes, as this will help replenish the collection for other patrons. As there are no guarantees in gardening, however, we will accept any seeds that you are able to donate.
How do I properly save seeds?
There are different techniques for saving seeds based on the type of plant. Please take some time to learn about how to save seeds from the plants you’re growing. The EMR Library has lots of good resources. Download the list of resources [ 55 KB].