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Seed Library

About

The ASU Seed Library is stocked with edible plant and herb seeds which are appropriate for Arizona growing conditions and seasons. At times, a limited amount of seeds from nonedible plants may be available, such as wildflowers. ASU students and library patrons can check-out packets of seeds. Seed donations are always welcome!  

Check-out Information

  • The Seed Library is housed in a repurposed card catalog on the first floor of the Noble Science Library located at 601 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281. The Seed Library is available to anyone with an ASU Library card.
  • You can see what we have in stock here.  (updated weekly)
  • Library cardholders are welcome to check out up to five seed packets per calendar month from the Seed Library; however, in September the limit is increased to ten seed packets.
  • To check-out a seed packet, simply fill-out a check-out form and placed the completed form in our drop box. 
  • As you look through our collection, you’ll discover that the Seed Library is comprised of a wide variety of plant seeds, including culinary herbs.
  • At this time, there is not an option to place a reserve on seed packets and all seeds are subject to availability. 

Time to Grow!

After you’ve filled-out the check-out form, you are good-to-go! Bring your seeds home or to a community garden and start growing.

To plan your garden, use the Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County or the City of Tempe Planting Calendar.

Save and Donate

If you’d like to give back to the Seed Library, you can do so by donating seeds from your harvest.  We have a special drop box for donations and seed pouches for your seeds are provided.  Along with the aforementioned pouches, seed donation forms are located on top of the repurposed card catalog that our seeds are stored in.  You can also download the donation form here.

Seed Saving: An Ancient Art

If you would like to find out more about the ancient art of seed saving, be sure to check out the following awesome online guides.

Learn More

Below, we have provided a list of the following resources to help you become a “gardening ninja.”

  • Books
  • Community Gardens
  • Compilation of Gardening Videos and Gardening Forum
  • Informational Gardening Websites
  • Universal Class Online Gardening Course (Courtesy of Tempe Public Library)

Books

ASU Library has a plethora of gardening and seed-related books in the following nonfiction subject areas:

If links are not working, please search for term in our catalog.

No space for a garden?

  • ASU Polytechnic Campus Community Garden: 25 E. Tahoe Ave. Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Clark Park Community Garden: 1730 S. Roosevelt St. Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Escalante Community Garden: 2150 E. Orange St. Tempe, AZ 85281 website
  • FiGG Community Garden:  S. Bonarden Ln. Tempe, AZ 85284

Informational Gardening Websites

Gardening Forum and Videos Compilation

Universal Class Online Course

  • A free online gardening class is available through Tempe Public Library's Universal Class. The gardening courses are located under "Crafts and Hobbies."
  • ASU students must sign up in-person for a Tempe Public Library card to get access.  Temporary online library cards (that can be generated online) do not provide access to Universal Class.  
  • By using this free subscription service for Universal Class, you can take a variety of online courses about gardening and growing vegetables.
  • Visit Tempe Public Library at 3500 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282. 

Social Media

Share your Seed Library gardening adventure via ASU Library's social media websites!

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