What is the Seed Library?
Starting in 2018, the Person County Public Library invites you to "check out" free seeds to grow in your vegetable or flower garden. Many of our varieties are traditional Southern heirlooms.
How do I check out seeds?
Visit the Circulation Desk and complete a Seed Library membership form. To check out seeds, you must have a current Person County Public Library card.
Each household may check out 5 packets per 6-month period (starting January 1 and July 1).
Do you take seed donations?
Yes! If you are a seed saver, we invite you to donate your seeds and help us preserve seed diversity. Visit the Circulation Desk or contact us to ask about donating seeds.
The Seed Library does not accept patented or GMO seeds. We primarily accept open-pollinated seeds but may accept hybrid seeds on a case-by-case basis.
Why start a seed library?
Seed libraries are part of a movement to make open-pollinated seeds and seed saving techniques available to the public.
Gardens nourish the body, mind, and spirit. Communities are stronger when they have the resources and expertise to feed themselves and beautify their surroundings. Gardens also preserve history. Many seed varieties have been lost in the last century.
Our seed library features rare seed varieties, many of which are suited to local growing conditions and are part of our local history.
Contact the Reference Librarian to learn more about the Seed Library.
The Person County Seed Library is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Person County Public Library. We also thank Rolling Hills Garden Center, Abanitu Organics, and members of the public for their seed donations.