Skip to Content

The Seed Library

Please note that The OPL Seed Library is officially closed for 2021. Have a great growing season! 

The OPL Seed Library is an educational project that provides customers with the opportunity to grow their own plants, harvest their own food and participate in a community-wide seed sharing initiative. 

Library customers can “borrow” seeds free of charge and are encouraged to plant the seeds in their home gardens and nurture the plants as they grow. Once mature, customers can harvest their seeds and return them to the library. 

The Seed List 

The Seed Library offers a wide variety of seeds to choose from: 

  • Basil 
  • Winter Squash 
  • Bush Beans 
  • Dill 
  • Cilantro/Coriander 
  • Chives 
  • Peppers 
  • Snow Peas 
  • Lettuce

Visit our Growing Guide  for more information on how to grow and nurture your plants, and our Harvesting Guide  to learn how to harvest your seeds.

Share Your Story 

We want to hear about your experience of growing and harvesting your own plants! If you’d like to share – whether successful or not – use the hashtag #OPLSeedLibrary and tag @OakvilleLibrary on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email your photos or questions to

Learn With Us 

Make sure to head to our calendar and register now for any upcoming gardening programs! 

Our Donors

The OPL Seed Library was established in 2017 from a very generous donation made by avid Oakville Public Library supporters, Richard and Barbara Birkett.

The OPL Seed Library continues to run on support by donated seeds from the Ball Horticultural Company.

Support the Library

Public funding supports libraries, and your gifts help us flourish. Discover how a donation to OPL makes community connection possible.