Seed library

Created Sept. 27, 2023, 10:51 a.m.
Updated Sept. 27, 2023, 10:58 a.m.

The Seed Library represents a crucial initiative aimed at preserving the biodiversity of cultivated plants, facilitated through the free circulation of seeds. The presence of seed libraries within a locality reinforces community solidarity, encourages the exchange of sustainable farming practices, and fosters the safeguarding and conservation of local, traditional, and indigenous plant species. France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica has pioneered an innovative application designed specifically for circulating seeds. This digital tool not only records the lending of seeds but also ensures their traceability.

A seed library usually operates within the framework of public libraries, which are intended for and can have an impact on all inhabitants of local communities. The Seed Library seed collection is open to all residents (over 15 years of age) in the local communities where the libraries are located. An individual donates home-grown seeds to the collection, which are described with predefined metadata. The Seed Library shades light on ecological issues in the community and provides many benefits for all participants. It offers learning opportunities about gardening, self-sufficiency and preservation of seeds. The project has no foreseeable end and is open-ended. Seed records are kept by computer, allowing the movement of individual seeds to be tracked. The data and seeds in the database are publicly available and can be the subject of various scientific studies.


The project aims to collect local varieties of plant seeds that have been grown organically. The aim is also to raise people's awareness of the importance of self-sufficiency, environmental protection and sustainable lifestyles.

How to participate

Participation is open to all adult members of public libraries within the Seed Library network. There are three possible ways to contribute:
Donations: You are invited to donate seeds from plants (such as vegetables, flowers, herbs) that have been home-grown without the use of any plant protection products.
Borrowing: You can borrow seeds from the Seed Library, grow them in your own space, and then collect seeds from the strongest plants to return to the Seed Library.
Combination: Combine both actions above – donate your own seeds and borrow others, thereby contributing to and benefiting from this rich network of seed sharing.

Needed equipment

Seed cabinet (usually old catalogue cupboards, but there are other solutions)
Touch screen computer

Label and sticker

Barcode scanner

Gram scale - optional
Seed bags

About funding

Funding bodies: France Bevk Public Library

Active from 01/01/2020
Public Libraries Seeds Biodiversity
Science Topics
Biology Ecology & Environment
Do-it-yourself Participate from home
Difficulty Level
Participation tasks
Data Entry Observation Specimen/sample collection

The main activities will take place in Slovenia at the France Bevk Public Library, which is responsible for the development and dissemination of the project.

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