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MVPL Seed Library

The Mountain View Public Library maintains an ever-changing collection of seeds for you to grow at home. The seeds are free and available to anyone. The seed library is built on seed donations from the community. You don’t need to donate seeds to take seeds home.

How It Works

You may visit the Seed Library in person during the Library's open hours, or you may request seeds online for pick-up later.

Step 1: View our current seed inventory.

Step 2: Contact us to reserve your choice of seeds.
Limit: five packets of seeds per household per week; one packet of any individual variety of seed per household, per week. You will be notified when your seeds are ready.

Step 3: After you have been notified that your seeds are ready, you may pick them  up at the Customer Service desk when the Library is open.

What We Have

Seeds range from fruits and vegetables to ornamental flowers, herbs, and more. Our inventory is always changing. Some seeds come from commercial growers; others come from plants grown by neighborhood gardeners. All seeds have been donated and are caveat hortulanus.

There are roughly enough seeds for 3-5 plants in each packet. As not all seeds germinate, this equals about 9-15 seeds. If the seeds are small, there might be even more in the packet--sometimes a lot more. We include the growing instructions from the original grower, when available.


You may drop of your donations at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. Please include the name/variety, and growing instructions if you have them.

Is it better to request seeds online, or to come in person?

Neither way is better. Do what is convenient for you. If you request seeds online, somebody could come in person and grab the seeds you want before staff are able to process your email request. If you come in person, staff could grab the seeds you want in order to fill someone's email request before you get here.