EPL Seed Library

Use FREE, locally donated seeds from the library to grow your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Then, let some go to seed and return some of the next generation seeds for others to borrow. Each household may take up to 6 seed packets per growing season. The Seed Library is located just outside the Adult Services office on the library’s second floor.

How are the seeds organized?
The seed packets are arranged alphabetically by the common name and then variety. The top drawer contains vegetables. The bottom drawer contains herbs and flowers.

What seeds are available?
Because the library is stocked with donated seeds, the selection will vary.

How do I check out the seeds?
Choose the seeds you would like to take home to grow. Fill out the form next to the catalog with your name, contact information, and the common name and variety of each seed packet you are taking home. Place the form in the secured dropbox. Please only take up to 6 packets of seeds.

Are there directions for growing the seeds?
Most of the seed packets will have growing directions printed on the packet. We also have an assortment of free printed materials about gardening and seed saving.

Do I have to save and return seeds if I borrow from the seed library?
Nope. Our goal is first to help our community feed itself wholesome food by offering seeds and education. We hope that as our gardeners become more experienced they will share seeds with us to keep the library going.

How do I donate seeds?
We welcome donations of open-pollinated seeds from your garden. To donate seeds just print and complete the seed donation form, put the seeds in a container, and bring to to the library’s service desk or Adult Services office. We also have printed copies of the return form available at the library.

Helpful websites

Seed Savers Exchange

Crop-Specific Saving Guide

SeedSave.org

USDA Zone Map

Seed Planting Calendar

Seed Saving Chart

Seed Saving Guide

Six Tips for Seed Saving

Special Thanks
The seeds that make up our collection have come to us through donations of local and national seed companies. We’d especially like to acknowledge Seed Savers Exchange and Hudson Valley Seed Company. Many thanks to the other businesses and individuals who have contributed time and seeds to this endeavor. We will continue to accept donations of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds in any quantity, from anyone in the community who is willing to share.

We also want to acknowledge the seed library trailblazers that inspired us and helped us pave the way for the EPL Seed Library, most notably the Tulsa City County Library, the Mead Public Library, and the Pima County Public Library.

2 Comments

  1. Diane Levesque on March 19, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I expect that I should be able to mail in a seed donation, or drop it off without going inside the building, for COVID high risk people. I have a large personal seed library I’d like to share but no way am I going inside that building.



    • Margo on March 22, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Diane, thank you for your offer. You may either mail in your donation or pull into the library’s alley and call to let us know that you are here with seed donations and someone will come out to your vehicle. There is a form on our website that we ask donors to fill out for each seed variety so that we can repackage and label the seeds. Here is a link to the donation form: https://enid.okpls.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/EPL-Seed-Library-Donation-Return-Form-Copy.docx. I would be happy to mail forms to you if you let me know how many you would like and what your address is. You can reach the library at 580-234-6313 option 1.