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About Seed Libraries

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

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.

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 Seedlibraries.net directory.

If you are interested in starting a seed library yourself, we can help! Please contact us at belle@rockymountainseeds.org.

The list below represents some of the first seed libraries in our region. Please check the Seed Library Directory for the latest listings.

Colorado

  • Alamosa, CO – Seed to Seed Library at Nielsen Library, Adams State University
  • Basalt, CO – Seed Library at Basalt Library
  • Berthoud, CO – Berthoud Seed Library at Berthoud Community Library
  • Cortez, CO – Cortez Seed Lending Library at Cortez Public Library
  • Durango, CO – Southwest Seed Library
  • Eaton, CO – Eaton Public Library
  • Frisco, CO – Summit Seed Library at Frisco (Main) Library
  • Granby, CO – Grand Roots Project
  • Hayden, CO – Hayden Community Seed Library at Hayden Public Library
  • Hotchkiss, CO – North Fork Seed Library at Delta County Libraries
  • Mancos, CO – Mancos Seed Library at Mancos Public Library
  • Manitou Springs, CO – Manitou Springs Seed Library at Manitou Springs Public Library
  • Northern Colorado – Urban Acre Commons Seed Library
  • Peyton, CO – High Prairie Seed Library at Pikes Peak Library District
  • Steamboat Springs, CO – Bud Werner Seed Library at Bud Werner Memorial Library
  • Westcliffe, CO – Westcliffe Seed Lending Library at West Custer County Library

Idaho

  • Boise, ID – Snake River Seed Library at Snake River Seed Cooperative
  • Eagle, ID – Eagle Public Library Seed Collection at Eagle Public Library
  • Hailey, ID – Wood River Seed Library at The Hailey Public Library
  • Rathdrum, ID – Going to Seed at Community Library Network, Rathdrum Library
  • Rigby, ID – Rigby City Library
  • Sandpoint, ID – Sandpoint Seed Library at Sandpoint Branch Library, East Bonner County Library District

Montana

  • Butte, MT – Butte Seed Library at Butte-Silver Bow Public Library
  • Great Falls, MT – Great Falls Public Library (coming soon)
  • Missoula, MT – Five Valleys Seed Library at Missoula Public Library
  • Whitefish, MT – Good Seed Community Library (coming soon)
  • Great Falls, MT – Great Falls Public Library (coming soon)

Nevada

  • Henderson, NV – Green Valley Library (w/ Great Basin Permaculture)
  • Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Seed Project at 2 branches of LVCCLD system (coming soon)

Utah

Wyoming