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.

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.

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

What is a seed library? 

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

Brown and white seeds with red streaks in a hand

Seed Sharing

To sign seeds out from our collection you must be a member. Membership is free, and simply requires attendance at a one-hour member orientation. We currently have no more planned member orientations, but if you are interested, email for further information.

To sign out seeds, come to our seed swaps! Join us every Saturday from March 4th – May13th! Our table is set up at the Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library from 10:30am – 12:30pm.

A variety of zucchinis in a bin


Throughout the year, in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, we are able to offer free workshops to the community.

No upcoming workshops, 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.

Urban Learning Garden

In 2018, we partnered with the Food Eco District (FED) to build a unique urban learning garden in the central courtyard of Victoria’s downtown public library. Our plan is to continue expanding this garden and save seed from it to include in our collection.

Interested in volunteering?