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November 19, 2018
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Seed Library

What is a Seed Library?

Seed Libraries are public-library-led initiatives in which seeds are borrowed by community members, free of charge.

Packets of seeds are made available to anyone who would like to plant them.

Seed Libraries encourage the return or donation of seeds including those harvested from plants that were grown from borrowed seeds, in order to promote sustainability, improve local biodiversity and foster a sense of shared community.

There are currently over 35 Seed Libraries in Ontario and growing!

How Can I borrow Seeds?

Come visit us and check out our Seed Library located in our Georgetown or Acton branches! We will also bringing our seed cabinets to the Georgetown Farmers' Market every Saturday from June to October.

The seed cabinets are divided into categories and alphabetized by name within each: herb, fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds.

We kindly ask that you remember the seeds are a shared community resource, and take only the amount you will use.

Take the desired seeds to one of our staff members, and they will be glad to check them out for you! There are no fines and the seeds will expire off your Library card record at the end of the season. 

Plan your trip! Search for your desired seeds at home using our online catalogue and then visit the Library to sign them out with your HHPL card.

How Can I Give Back?

Donations are welcome at any time of year and we accept all types of seeds.

We recommend harvesting seeds from the plants that you grow with the Library’s seeds.

Drop off seeds in their original envelope to a Halton Hills Public Library service desk in either Georgetown or Acton. 

What Are the Benefits?

Gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby!

You can save money by growing your own food from the seeds you borrow. And you can help others by returning seeds from your harvest to the library.

Seed Libraries benefit the whole community! They encourage food security and diversity, self-reliance, sustainability, economic responsibility, and a holistic sense of community and purpose.

To Learn More

Contact: Lee Puddephatt, Community Librarian / Phone: 905-873-2681, ext. 2544 / Email:


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