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HBPL Seed Library: Home

HBPL cardholders can use their card to “check out” up to 6 seed packets per month.

What is the Seed Library

WELCOME!

HBPL Seed Library provides seeds to HBPL cardholders.  Patrons can check out up to 6 seed packets per month to grow in their home gardens.  At the end of the season, we encourage you to let a few plants go to seed and donate the seeds back to the seed library for others to use. This creates a sustainable and diverse stock of seeds for our community to use. 

Although we do accept donations, most seeds provided are purchased through our library's program funding. Most Native California seeds are donated by Shipley Nature Center. 

Although we do accept patron seed donations with gratitude, there is no guarantee that the seeds will be offered or appropriate for HBPL seed library. Please make that seeds are completely dry and sealed in an envelope or reclosable plastic bag and labeled clearly with the exact name of the plant.  For example: "Lettuce" is not labeled correctly.  A correct label would show what kind of lettuce is being donated such as "Buttercrunch Lettuce". Our volunteer seed librarians evaluate all donations in order to decide which seeds will be added to the seed library.

Seed libraries are at all HBPL locations and are seasonally stocked.  For more detailed information, visit "Local Links" and "Informational Resources" menus are located on the right side of this page.

We also provide classes on gardening and seed saving.  All of these services are free.

 

Let's grow things!

Upcoming Events

How To Borrow Seeds

It's easy to borrow seeds from HBPL's Seed Library!
  • Visit Central Library. The Seed Library is located by the Information Desk on the main floor.
  • Choose up to 6 seed packets per month.
  • Take your seed packets to the Information Desk right next to the seed library. Library staff will check the seeds out for you.
  • If no one is at the Information Desk, take the seeds to the Borrower Services Desk and they will check them out to you.
  • You don't need to return the same seeds (or any seeds, but we encourage it!). There are no due dates and you will never accrue any late fees.
  • Repeat every 30 days.

What Do You Think?

What classes would you like to see offered?
Seed Saving: 33 votes (11.42%)
Backyard Chickens: 44 votes (15.22%)
Cooking: 52 votes (17.99%)
Seed Starting: 55 votes (19.03%)
Saving Water: 14 votes (4.84%)
Compost: 58 votes (20.07%)
Preserving: 33 votes (11.42%)
Total Votes: 289

Garden Gallery

Rocket Larkspur planted in spring.

Peas

"This is the second year of the peas from the seed library. We grew them last year and they reseeded themselves."

Harvest

Peas

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

"Thanks, the library gave us something to do as a family with teens - that’s a feat!"

Marigold From Seed

"Just wanted to say thank you for making the seed library possible. Here a couple photos of some Marigold I got from the library a couple months back. Biggest marigold I've ever seen and can't believe they're from seed!"

Tiny Harvest

"My tiny harvest! Serrano peppers (great spice) and heirloom tomatoes (so delicious).

Thank you seed library!"

Share Your Garden

Local Links

Thank You!


Huntington Beach Public Library
7111 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone 714-842-4481