OPL Seed Library

Important Update

Important Update!

The Seed Library was open in 2018 from April 15th to June 30th. We will reopen at all locations in February of 2019.

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 sharing initiative.

The communal Seed Library offers a wide selection of seeds, which library customers can “borrow” free of charge. Customers are encouraged to plant the seeds in their personal gardens, nurture the plants as they grow, and, once mature, harvest the seeds to return to the library.

The simple cycle of borrowing, growing, harvesting, and returning seeds promotes a culture of sharing within our community and provides hands-on experiences that allow customers to better understand agriculture and sustainability.

Let’s work together to create a happier and healthier community!

The OPL Seed Library officially opens on April 15 and will now be available at all Oakville Public Library branches. Visit your local branch to select your seeds and grow with us!

Available Seeds

Visit the Growing Guide for more information on how to grow and nurture your plant, or see the Step-By-Step Harvesting Guide to learn more about how to harvest your seeds.

  • Sweet Basil
  • Bush Blue Lake Beans
  • Delinel Beans
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Cilantro/Coriander
  • Dill
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Buttercrunch Lettuce
  • Snow Peas
  • California Wonder Pepper
  • Black Beauty Zucchini
  • Tiny Tim Tomatoes
  • Bonny Best Tomatoes
  • Waltham Butternut Winter Squash

Don’t Forget to Share Your Story

We want to hear about your experience of growing and harvesting your own plants! If you’d like to share the story of your participation – whether successful or not – please email oplreference@oakville.ca.

Thank You to our OPL Seed Library 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. Mr. Birkett has been a long-time donor, was a former board member, and has volunteered with the library over the past 35 years.

OPL received its initial collection of seeds as a donation from Ball Seed, a Chicago-based company, and has also partnered with Oakvillegreen to help support the launch of the library.