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Dallas Public Seed Library

There is a circulating collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds located on the 6th floor of the Central Library!

Farmers and home gardeners have been saving and sharing seeds with each other for thousands of years. Unfortunately the tradition has been largely abandoned over the past 100 years. Here are some reasons to start saving and sharing again:

  • To develop plant varieties that are uniquely adapted to our local climate and growing conditions
  • To increase agricultural biodiversity
  • To ensure the resilience of our food supply
  • To become more self-sufficient as individuals and a community

We invite you to check-out seeds from us and plant them in your garden. After the harvest, we encourage you to let your plants "go to seed," and return some of those seeds to the library.

Donations help keep our collection sustainable, but we don't require borrowers to return seed to us - especially those who are new to gardening. However, if you would like to learn how to save seeds, we can help. We offer books and other resources for checkout, as well as workshops on various gardening topics.

You can email government@dallaslibrary.org to be added to our email list and kept up to date on developments related to the seed library!

For more information on how the seed library works, check out these links:


Growing From Seed

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension - Recommended Planting Dates for North Texas
Know when to plant your seeds for best results

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Growing Guides
A wealth of general and plant-specific information

Seed Savers Exchange - Growing and Seed Saving Guides
Plant-specific growing and seed saving guides can be found in the drop-down menu towards the bottom of the page


Seed Saving

Seed Library of Los Angeles - Seed Saving Basics
We encourage new seed savers to start off saving seeds from Lettuce, Peas, Beans, Peppers, and Tomatoes. Learn how here!

Howtosaveseeds.com - Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook
Well-organized, comprehensive site with quick reference to specific plant types

Seed Ambassadors - Seed Saving Guide
Free seed-saving zine

Organic Seed Alliance - Seed Saving Guide
Comprehensive guide

Seed Savers Exchange - Seed Saving Chart
Crop-specific seed-saving chart