Seed Library

In partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, we are proud to offer seed-saving education and access to a wide variety of seeds!

Our library hosts over 200 varieties, most of which are relatively easy for beginner seed savers to grow and save. The collection is housed at the GVPL and includes a variety of vegetable, flower, herb, and native plant seeds, all graciously donated by regional growers.

Seed Library Moving in a New Direction!

As the LifeCycles Project works to figure out how we can make the biggest affect on the local food movement in the Greater Victoria area, we have made the hard decision to put the Seed Library on a temporary hold for at least the beginning of the 2024 season.

We are working with the Greater Victoria Public Library as well as Flourish! School Food Society to reimagine how our seed catalog can be more accessible to a wider community. Some of the ways we are thinking we can reduce barriers to access include eliminating our orientation requirement, making our seeds accessible in the library all the time instead of just at specific Seed Swapping Events as well as having other ‘check out’ locations located in different High Schools across Greater Victoria.

Thank you for your patience as we work to move in this new direction!

For more information please email

What is a seed library? 

Close-up of water coming out of a shower-head watering can, going onto a small plant in a plant bed.

Seed libraries collect and distribute a variety of seeds. By saving and sharing, we protect and promote biodiversity in our region, develop a regionally adapted seed stock, and ensure seeds can profit everyone.

We also provide free education and resources! Are you interested in learning to save seed or wanting to learn more about pollination? Send us an email at

Saving & sharing seeds in our community

Seed is the foundation of every food system. Our seed library seeks to give light and voice to the wisdom of seed. Working together, we are keeping local climate adapted seed in the people’s hands.

Want to browse before you borrow? Check out our Seed Catalogue linked below.

Brown and white seeds with red streaks in a hand

Seed Sharing

We currently have no more planned member orientations, but if you are interested, email for further information.

Thank you for your patience as LifeCycles moves forward!

A variety of zucchinis in a bin


There are no upcoming workshops planned for 2024. Please stay tuned for future opportunities 🙂

Have seeds to spare?

Do you have seeds you’d like to donate? Send them our way! Anyone can give seeds to the seed library. They can be dropped off during our seed swap tables or at our seed drop box at the Central Library Branch.

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