LLD Seed Library
LLD Seed Library
In 2014, LLD became one of the first public libraries in Illinois to lend open-pollinated, heirloom seeds. Community Seed Resource Program, a collaboration between Seed Matters and the Seed Savers Exchange, expands the collection to include flowers, herbs, and even more vegetables!
Seeds are available for checkout at the Connection Desk.
The LLD Seed Library is a project that we hope will strengthen biodiversity in our community and encourage the discussion of local food systems and sharing of resources. Please click to download an LLD Seed Library Brochure.
Help us build a strong collection by borrowing seeds and planting them in your garden! Enjoy your harvest and let the healthiest plants go to seed. Save these seeds and return some to the Library for next year. (Click to download planting and seed saving instructions.) Our goal is to create a self-sustaining collection of seeds that are increasingly acclimated to our growing conditions.
If you have heirloom seeds you would like to share from your home garden, please click to download the "Local Harvest Collection" form.
The LLD Seed Library is located in Adult Services at the Connection Desk.
Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seeds
Plants from pits: pots of plants for the whole family to enjoy
The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, Trees, and Shrubs
Heirloom plants: a complete compendium of heritage vegetables, fruits, herbs & flowers
The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits
How to propagate 375 plants: a practical guide to propagating your own flowers, foliage plants, trees, shrubs, climbers, dry-loving plants, bog and water plants, vegetables and herbs
Propagating Plants: How To Create New Plants For Free
Our inaugural collection was generously donated by the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. The collection was expanded through our participation in the Community Seed Resource Program, a collaboration between Seed Savers Exchange and Seed Matters to support community seed initiatives.