Seed Library

Close up of the front of the Seed library

The U of T Scarborough Seed Library encourages people to plant and share seeds and promotes community engagement and sustainability by providing the U of T Scarborough community with opportunities to learn about and practice gardening and urban agriculture. It is located on the main floor of the U of T Scarborough Library (across from the washrooms) in the Academic Resource Centre and it is open to the public during the library’s opening hours

People can come and 'check out' seeds at no charge. Just take what you need and leave the rest for others. Please save some seeds from what you grow and donate them back to the library to keep the cycle going! 

Seed Library Life Cycle

Note: Seed supply varies throughout the year, according to the growing cycle.  

The Seed Library runs according to the typical* Toronto gardening timeline:

  • Seeds are provided in February/March in time for indoor seed starting and outdoor direct sowing
  • Users grow their plants over the summer
  • Users save some seeds from the plants they grow in August/September to donate back to the Seed Library
  • Seed packing happens over fall/winter. Look out for our seed packing workshops!

*Not all gardening follows this timeline. Research the plants you are growing to determine proper growing timing and conditions.

The U of T Scarborough Seed Library was developed in partnership with U of T Scarborough Edible Campus and runs in partnership with the U of T Scarborough Campus Farm.

Check out these resources to learn more about gardening and seed saving!

Books about Seed Saving at U of T Scarborough Library

Books about Gardening at U of T Scarborough Library

Educational Resources