SEED LIBRARY | Cultivating Community

What is a seed library?

A seed library is as exactly as it sounds — we “loan” seeds to patrons to grow plants in their home garden. Similar to borrowing a book, the patron “borrows” the seeds with the intention of harvesting seeds from their future crop to return to the library for future lending.

Why a seed library?

A seed library brings many benefits to our community.  It encourages patrons to grow and harvest their own food, it supports and builds community among fellow gardeners, it promotes new gardeners to try their hand at growing, it preserves open pollinated or heirloom seeds, and encourages patrons to grow and save seeds.

What seeds do you offer?

All of the seeds for our inaugural year have been generously donated by Pioneer Garden & Feed in Villa Park. All seeds offered are labeled as “EASY” to grow and can be directly sown in your garden or container outside after last frost. For a full list of what seeds we are currently offering this year, see below. You can also stop by the Library’s Circulation Desk, or click the button to the right, to view our seed menu with more seed descriptions.

How do I borrow seeds?

With your Bensenville Community Public Library card, you may borrow up to five packets consisting of no more than two of each variety of seed. Each packet contains enough seeds to grow at least 3 plants. Visit the BCPL Circulation Desk to select your packets beginning on Monday, April 29, 2019. Each packet is labeled with the type of seed and growing instructions. First time borrowers must fill out a seed record sheet. Your selected seeds and quantity will be recorded in our log.


  • Kale
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Acorn squash
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Green beans
  • Wax bean
  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Beet


  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Chives
  • Basil


  • Gaillardia
  • Marigold
  • Sunflower
  • Hollyhock
  • Zinnia

Stay tuned for more information. For questions about our seed library, please call the Sue Feddersen, Materials Coordinator, at (630) 766-4642.

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