About The Seed Library

The Seed Library at New Castle-Henry County Public Library’s is free for all to use and is available during the library’s regular hours. It is located on the upper level in front of the Indiana Room.

Our Mission

The mission of The Seed Library is to foster a healthy community and sustainability by providing a seed library that supports the longevity and integrity of heirloom seeds.

What is a seed lending library?

A seed library contains a selection of heirloom seeds that residents can borrow for no charge. When their plants grow, the recipients of the seeds donate a portion of the seeds from their own plants back to the seed library for others to use.

How do I use The Seed Library?

It’s easy to use The Seed Library. Come in and fill out the membership form and place it in the designated box. Select the seeds you would like to try in your garden, write your name and the seed names you selected in the black binder. Plant your seeds and in the fall when you harvest your garden, save some seeds for the library. You can place these seeds back in the original envelope with seed information and return to the library. If you misplace your envelope, we have extras. We will offer programs on seed saving and also have links to the right about seed saving.

How can I request seeds for curbside pickup from The Seed Library?

Please fill out the request form with your seed choices. Seed varieties may change depending on availability. Each family may request up to ten envelopes per month, no more than one envelope of each seed variety (each envelope contains roughly 10 seeds).

Seed Request Form


Seed Library Brochure 2021

How can I grow plants & save seeds?

Baker Creek Planting Guide

Growing and Seed Saving Guides

Hoosier Gardener

Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library

Seed Savers Exchange

Contact Us

If you would like to talk with someone about The Seed Library, please call Kathie Ward at (765) 529-0362, ext. 1368. Kathie is available to answer your questions in person as well; her office is in the Indiana Room. Email us at seedlibrary@nchcpl.org. Mail can be sent to: The Seed Library, New Castle-Henry County Public Library, 376 South 15th Street, New Castle, IN  47362.

New books available:

Thank You

Materials were donated, and skillfully crafted into our cabinet, by the Hoosier Woodworkers Guild. Additional funding for the cabinet and to purchase seeds was provided by the Friends of the Library. The Red-Tail Land Conservancy donated our new books this year.