Seed Bank Library

Seeds Are Now Available!

Please call us at 440-333-7610 x 5501, or stop by the Reference Desk to receive up to five seed packets.

Rocky River Public Library is once again partnering with the Cleveland Seed Bank to host a Seed Library. The Seed Library offers a selection of 24 different varieties of organic, open-pollinated, vegetable, herb, and edible flower seeds that are available to ‘check out’ at no cost to the community.

The Cleveland Seed Bank currently works with High Mowing Organic Seeds to provide certified organic non-GMO seeds. Each of the 24 varieties offered through the program were carefully selected based on regional growing and climate conditions in Northern Ohio.

Checking Out Seed Packets

Community members are invited to ‘check out’ up to 5 seed packets per month from the Seed Library. This year there will be two options to ‘check out’ seeds:


Complete the Seed Packet Checkout forms that are available near the wooden box of seeds in front of the Reference Desk. Return the completed sheet to a Librarian at the Desk and take your seed packets home.

Call Us:
Please call us at 440-333-7610 x 5501 to reserve seeds for pick up in-person at the Reference Desk or the drive-thru window.

Please look for a future program regarding seed saving provided by the Cleveland Seed Bank. We will notify all seed recipients directly about this virtual program.

What is the Cleveland Seed Bank?

The Cleveland Seed Bank acts as an independent and accessible source of open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds and aims to develop a regional alliance of seed savers dedicated to the creation of a locally adapted seed supply.

The preservation of local, open-pollinated seed varieties is vitally important for the planet’s ecological resilience and the maintenance of our food security. The unprecedented loss of our planet’s biological diversity and alarming dominance of multinational, corporate agriculture have put seed resilience and thus food availability at great risk. Saving open-pollinated seeds is a decentralized, local solution to this worldwide problem.

The Cleveland Seed Bank is the domestic work of The Hummingbird Project, an international nonprofit based in Cleveland, Ohio. It aims to safeguard and restore the biological diversity vital for sustainable agriculture, both in the U.S. and around the world. Cleveland, Ohio that works for social change through ecological regeneration and community.


Please contact the Adult Services Department at (440) 333-7610 ext. 5501, or visit the Cleveland Seed Bank online.

Seed Library