Seed Exchange


Library members can "check out" packets of seeds at the Main Library in Franklin. It’s a fun way to try new seeds and it’s free! Just pick out your seeds, plant them, harvest seeds in the fall, and then bring a few back to the Library for the next growing season.

We’re still accepting donations, so if you have any extra seeds, please consider donating them to us for our 2020 Seed Exchange! Just follow the guidelines (PDF), and drop them off at the Reference Desk on the second floor.

Seed Exchange Packets

Here's How

Getting your seeds is easy!
  • The Library's seed collection will be kept at the Reception Desk on the 2nd floor.
  • A library card will be required to borrow seeds. Apply for a library card.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to check out seeds.
  • Each patrons can take up to 10 packets of seeds, limited to 1 packet of each type of seed.
  • Pick out your seeds and "check them out" at the Reference Desk.
  • Patrons who borrow seeds are encouraged but not required to bring back seeds the following season.
  • The Library makes no guarantees about the success of any of the seeds in our collection.
  • The seeds are for planting only. Do not eat them.
  • The Library is not responsible for seed usage.

Planting Instructions

Each seed packet will include very basic information about the plant and planting instructions. For more details about each plant, patrons are encouraged to use some of the Library's great gardening resources. A Reference librarian will be happy to help you locate just the right gardening book.

Orange Peppers and Seeds
Purple and yellow flower