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Seed Library

The Seed Library at the Dearborn Public Library is open to everyone in the community at no charge. Partnering with the Healthy Dearborn coalition, we will provide vegetable and flower seeds, information and resources about growing and saving seeds and gardening. We hope that seed library patrons will return some seeds from their harvest to make the Seed Library self-sustaining.

How does the Seed Library operate?

The Seed Library operates out of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Seed Library is self-serve, and patrons can visit the library to sign up and borrow/return seeds anytime the library is open. Seeds will be in a designated cabinet, along with educational brochures, flyers and pamphlets. There are plans to have various seed saving talks and gardening programs throughout the year as well.

Before using the Seed Library, patrons need to fill out a Seed Library Membership Form (available near the cabinet that holds the seeds) and put it in the adjacent binder. There will be a Member’s Seed Record form that patrons can take with them to help in their seed saving endeavors.

Do I need a library card?

People do not have to have a Dearborn Public Library card to use the Seed Library, and there will not be any fines if there are no seeds returned; but we do hope that people will grow the seeds in their gardens, and at the end of the growing season save a portion of seeds from their harvest to return back to the Seed Library. People may also donate seeds that they saved or commercially grown seeds. The Seed Library will only accept seeds that are non-GMO. After the seeds are returned, they will be collected and inventoried by Dearborn Public Library staff and/or volunteers.

A healthy future

While running the Seed Library in this manner may lead to a marginal annual loss of seeds each year, the focus of the Seed Library is not to maintain a steady seed stock, but rather to encourage gardening and the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, in order to promote better health. Additionally, individuals can save a good deal of money by participating in seed sharing. There is no cost involved, so this allows for all community members, regardless of their socio-economic station, to participate, gain skills in gardening and benefit from the program. Participation in seed libraries also can lead to increased knowledge about nutrition and provide a greater understanding of food sources. By creating this seed sharing library, we hope to encourage community engagement and improve access to healthy foods. Please realize that the returned seeds have been grown by amateurs, and that there is no guarantee.


Patrons can also browse all the wonderful material that the library has about gardening and seed saving. If there are any further questions, please feel free to contact Patty Podzikowski at (313) 943-2817.