Seed Lending Library


The Groton Public Library's Seed Bank is gearing up for its third year of operation. This year, we'll have more varieties and more seeds to choose from (courtesy of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company).

We're developing a slate of gardening-related programs, and we'd welcome your suggestions for practical workshops (gardening and preserving) and lectures (agriculture, food, GMOs, seed-saving), and if you know presenters who can put on a good show, feel free to send along contact information to

We will also need help sorting and packing seeds. Dates and sessions TBA. Please check back later as information will be posted when it becomes available. Thank you for you interest!

The GPL Seed Lending Library was established to collect and share bio-diverse, locally adapted plant seeds, cultivated by and for area residents.

Why a Seed Library?

As interest increases in Eat Local and community-supported agriculture initiatives, residents are inspired to plant and grow open-pollinated and heirloom seeds to encourage plant biodiversity. As these varieties continue to be planted in Groton they will, over time, adapt to our area’s growing conditions. And hosting the seed library at the GPL supports the GPL's mission to provide free and open access to resources that create a stronger community.

Want to Help?

Have you already saved open-pollinated seeds from last year? Donate them to the seed library. Watch the library calendar to join us for late-winter seed sorting get-togethers. Already a seed saver or gardener? Offer to teach a gardening or seed saving class.

Borrow Some Seeds!

Come and borrow some of the library’s seeds, plant them in your garden, enjoy the harvest, then let your best plants go to seed. Save the seeds and return some to the library for others to enjoy and to replenish our stock for next year.

GPL’s Seed Lending Library is open whenever the library is. The seed cabinet is located on the 3rd floor across from the Information Desk and is self-serve. Please see a Reference Librarian for any help you may need.

Learn More

  • Join the forum.
  • Read about seed saving and gardening at the library.
  • Take seed saving and gardening classes. We’ll be offering them in the fall and spring.
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