About us

The Public Seed Library of West Chester is a repository of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds available for all members of our community. They can use their seeds in their gardens and contribute seeds back to the library when their plants produce at the end of the season.

How it works

1. Borrow

Visit our borrowing location and check out your seeds.

2. Grow

Take the seeds to your garden and plant them, according to the growing season and instructions.

3. Save

Save seeds from the best plants you grow based on the instructions we give you.

4. Return

If you get a good seed yield from your garden, bring a portion of your saved seeds back to the library after the season.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many seeds can I borrow?

You may check out 3 seed packets at a time, up to a total of 12 packets per growing season.

Do I have to return the seeds at the end of the season?

No, returning the seeds is not required. We understand that sometimes gardens don’t produce enough seeds.

Can I donate seeds to the library other than the ones I checked out?

Yes. We accept any seeds. We will package open-pollinated, heirloom varieties for the library, but we also will take any leftover hybrid/F1 varieties and make them available for any and all who want them.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, there is no participation fee.

Do I have to be a member to participate?

There is no formal membership. However, we will ask for your name and email/phone number in order to keep you in our database. We will never share your contact information with third parties.

Does the library sell seeds?

No, we don’t sell seeds. All seeds are shared for free.

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