ABQ-BERNCO Seed Library

How the Seed Library Works

How the Seed Library Works

The goal of the Seed Library is to encourage a community of home gardeners .

Anyone with a library card may check out seeds from the Seed Library. You may check out 15 packets per season (spring and fall) - which is a total of 30 packets per year. There are lots of vegetable, herb and flower seeds and seed varieties available, please head to South Broadway to explore!

Not able to make it to South Broadway?  You can also request seeds from the following library branches:  East Mountain, Juan Tabo, Rudolfo Anaya/North Valley, San Pedro, South Valley, Taylor Ranch and Westgate.  Just fill out the Customer Seed Request form and seed packets can be sent to you for pick-up.  

Each of the 18 library branches can provide for you a monthly seeds in-stock brochure and you can also print the brochure out yourself by clicking this link – ABQ-BernCo Seed Catalog.  This catalog is updated each month (as we run out of some seeds and add others) and lists all vegetable, herb and flower seeds that are currently in-stock.   

You will find seeds in three different categories:

  • Vegetables: look for garden staples like tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, etc., and for different varieties/cultivars that will alternate in and out of the collection like asparagus, artichoke, okra, parsnip, and others
  • Herbs: culinary herbs such as basil, cilantro, fennel, parsley and others will be part of a core collection that you can check out every year. But you may also want to try some medicinal herbs, like chamomile, echinacea, meadowsweet, lemon balm, plantain and more!
  • Flowers: a garden wouldn’t be complete without flowers for pollinators and for sheer enjoyment. The Seed Library includes edible flowers, flowers that can be used for companion plants in your vegetable and herb gardens as well as ornamental flowers.

Vegetable seeds are housed alphabetically in a vintage wooden card catalog. Flowers and Herbs can be found alphabetically under F and H, respectively. Seeds are shelved by common name (ie. squash, tomatoes, etc).  Each seed packet contains indicators as to how easy it is to save seeds:  look for a green star for easy-to-save seed varieties, a yellow star for intermediate-to-save seeds, and red for experienced seed savers. The drops of water on the packet indicate the water requirements of that particular plant.  There is also a box with germinating and growing instructions on the label.  

Join us for our season of free monthly lectures and workshops on gardening.  Programs are updated and listed six month at a time on our brochure entitled "How to Use the ABQ-Bernco Seed Library" - available at all 18 library branches and online in the upper right corner of this page under "Get our Brochure".  

Let some plants go to seed. Harvest the seed, save a bunch for yourself, share with a friend, or share with your community.  And start again with the new cycle of seasons.  

Get Our Brochure: How the Seed Library Works!

How it works

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