Seed Library

Sprouting plant in a child's hand, signifies nurturing dreams and growth


Welcome to the Red Hook Public Library’s Seed Library!  Our goal is to provide healthy, viable seeds for the community to plant, grow, and harvest.

How It Works

Patrons with Library cards in good standing will first go to the main circulation desk to fill out a Seed Library membership form. Patrons may “check-out” 10 seed packets per season. Unlike other Library items, seeds do not need to be returned. We do encourage you to collect seeds from your harvest and donate them back to the seed library at the end of the growing season. See our events calendar for information on upcoming seed and gardening workshops and events.

Donation Guidelines

We welcome both grower harvested and viable, commercial seed donations. Seeds should be sealed in an envelope or plastic bag, one seed variety per package. A separate donation form (available at the circulation desk) should be filled out for each variety.

Gardening Resources

Books in Our Collection

Gardening for Everyone : Growing Vegetables, Herbs, and More at Home by Julia Watkins by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

The Regenerative Garden : 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-Sustaining Garden Ecosystem by Stephanie Rose 

Planting : A New Perspective on Combining Plants Using Design and Ecological Principles by Piet Oudolf 

Online Resources

A Seed Saving Guide from The Organic Seed Alliance 

Seed Savers Exchange: Gardening & Seed Saving Guides 

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Complete Guide 

Zone 6 Planting Schedule 

A Way to Garden 

Epic Gardening 

Cornell Cooperative Extension 

National Gardening Association 

New York Botanical Gardens: Vegetable Garden Care 

A Way to Garden 

Garden Betty 

Mother Earth News: Organic Gardening