Seed Libraries

Seed libraries are a powerful and inspiring part of the burgeoning local seed movement.

Much like a lending library for books, seed libraries allow patrons to freely "check out" seeds to plant in their home gardens. After the fresh food is harvested, a couple of plants are left in the ground to go to seed. The saved seed is then returned to the library—ideally in more abundance than what was borrowed. In this way, communities are able to create their own seed reserves of unique, locally adapted varieties.

 Though not altogether new, this grassroots seed sharing model has been sweeping the country in recent years. Many seed libraries operate out of public libraries—an exciting trend that is helping reinvigorate these public spaces and spread seed knowledge in our communities.

At the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, we view the seed library movement as a crucial component in the shift to sustainable, resilient regional food systems. Through our Seed School courses and Seed Stewards program, we educate and equip people with the tools and resources to start seed libraries in their communities.

Below is a listing of some of our favorite seed libraries operating in the Rocky Mountain states. Please search our Seed Library Directory to find an up-to-date list and map of the Seed Libraries nearest you.  If you operate or manage a seed library in the Rocky Mountain region not listed here, please click here to add it to our Seed Library Directory. For another listing of Seed Libraries across the United States, visit the directory.

**Thanks to the efforts of seed librarians and activists, a document has been drafted that recommends seed libraries be exempted from restrictive seed distribution laws. This Recommended Uniform State Seed Law (RUSSL) can be adopted by state agriculture agencies to ensure seed libraries are legally allowed to operate. Download the RUSSL document here.

If you are interested in starting a seed library yourself, we can help! Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The list below represents some of the first seed libraries in our region. Please check the Seed Library Directory for the latest listings.







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We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening seed and food security in our region.

Our mission is to assure a diverse and abundant supply of seeds for the Rocky Mountain West through networking, education and helping establish community-based models of seed stewardship.



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