Seed Lending Library

Hands holding seed packets in front of a re-purposed library card catalog
The Menlo Park Seed Lending Library provides access to heritage seeds, gardening workshops, education and resources to encourage residents to grow food and foster community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing.

Located at the Main Library and Belle Haven Branch Library, the Seed Lending Library operates as a community seed exchange in which borrowers can “check out” a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their gardens for home use.

The Menlo Park Seed Lending Library is a project of the City of Menlo Park with support from Menlo Park Library Foundation.

For more information and to request seeds for your garden, please use the Seeds By Mail request form.

Wednesday Evening Gardening Programs


Join us on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month - click the calendar link to register and get reminders.

Garden Talk: Starting from seed
Wednesday, Feb. 3
7-8:30 p.m.
Learn how to start seeds now for spring planting. We will focus on which plants are easiest to germinate.

Growing Vegetables in Containers and Small Spaces
Wednesday, March 3
7-8:30 p.m.
Even without much space, you can grow vegetables. Learn which plants do well in containers and small spaces.

There's more great talks coming up in 2021! Mark your calendars and check back for more details.
  • April: Growing Tomatoes
  • May: Pests
  • June: Gardening with Kids
  • July: Flowers from Seed
  • August 5: Fall Crops
  • Sept 2: Seed Saving
  • October 7: Seed Swap
  • November 4: Gardening Books
  • December: No program