Spring into Gardening with QPL's Seed Library!

Gardening is a fun and engaging hobby for children and adults, with many benefits!

The benefits of gardening include:

  • Doing good for the planet.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Bonding with family, friends, and members of your community.

You can get into gardening with a little help from QPL’s Seed Library!

You might ask…

What is a seed library?
Just like books, you can check out packets of seeds from QPL. You can plant, grow, and harvest the seeds. Any leftover seeds, or new seeds harvested at the end of the growing season, may be brought back to the library.

How does it work?
Check out seed packets—this is the same process used for taking home other library materials like books and DVDs.

Where can I check out seeds?
Seeds are available at the following QPL locations:

Seed packets are available while supplies last, with a limit of 3 packets per person.

Pictures from a QPL Seed Library, courtesy of Basil E. Frankweiler.

Pictures from a QPL Seed Library, courtesy of Basil E. Frankweiler.

What kind of seeds are available?

  • Pollinators for Bees
  • Pollinators for Butterflies
  • Easy to Grow/Hard to Kill
  • Seeds for Advanced Gardeners
  • Threatened Species

* all seeds are native and/or non-invasive to New York.

For a helpful guide to begin your gardening journey, read our Growing Guide.

The Seed Library is made possible by the Queens Public Library Foundation's Innovation Fund, and through a partnership with the Queens Botanical Garden.