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Seed Library

Seed Library

Patrons are welcome to pick up free seeds from our Seed Library, located in a repurposed card catalog in the Rotunda, during the Spring and Summer months.

Gardeners can donate collected seeds or extra seed packets at the Circulation Desk.

Local Resources

Coralville Community Gardens

The Coralville Community Gardens offer a place for the public to lease a plot to plant and grow their own fresh produce, herbs, and annual flowers.

ISU Agriculture & Natural Resources

Extension and Outreach is the university-wide outreach component of Iowa State University, and has a fundamental role in the land-grant missions of teaching, research and extension.

Johnson County Master Gardeners of Iowa

Master Gardeners use research-based horticulture, gardening knowledge and practices to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities.

Project GREEN

A citizen-volunteer nonprofit that invests in public landscaping projects and promotes environmental awareness in the greater Iowa City area. The group focuses its efforts on beautifying green spaces, parks, major community entryways, roadsides, and median parkways, as well as all public school grounds within the Iowa City Community School District.

Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange stewards America’s culturally diverse and endangered garden and food crop legacy for present and future generations.

Found in the Library

Gardening for Children

Books and resources for younger gardeners from the library collection.

Gardening in Iowa

Books and resources specifically about gardening in Iowa from the library collection.

General Gardening Resources

General gardening books and resources from the library collection.

Old Farmer’s Almanac

Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: planting charts for those who grow their own food; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; Moon- and sunrise times for those who watch the skies; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.

Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening books and resources from the library collection.