Seed library


from 01/01/2020

The Seed Library represents a crucial initiative aimed at preserving the biodiversity of cultivated plants, facilitated through the free circulation of seeds. The presence of seed libraries within a locality reinforces community solidarity, encourages the exchange of sustainable farming practices, and fosters the safeguarding and conservation of local, traditional, and indigenous plant species. France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica has pioneered an innovative application designed specifically for circulating seeds. This digital tool not only records the lending of seeds but also ensures their traceability.

A seed library usually operates within the framework of public libraries, which are intended for and can have an impact on all inhabitants of local communities. The Seed Library seed collection is open to all residents (over 15 years of age) in the local communities where the libraries are located. An individual donates home-grown seeds to the collection, which are described with predefined metadata. The Seed Library shades light on ecological issues in the community and provides many benefits for all participants. It offers learning opportunities about gardening, self-sufficiency and preservation of seeds. The project has no foreseeable end and is open-ended. Seed records are kept by computer, allowing the movement of individual seeds to be tracked. The data and seeds in the database are publicly available and can be the subject of various scientific studies.


The project aims to collect local varieties of plant seeds that have been grown organically. The aim is also to raise people's awareness of the importance of self-sufficiency, environmental protection and sustainable lifestyles.

Needed equipment

Seed cabinet (usually old catalogue cupboards, but there are other solutions)
Touch screen computer

Label and sticker

Barcode scanner

Gram scale - optional
Seed bags

About funding

Funding bodies: France Bevk Public Library

Created Sept. 27, 2023, 10:51 a.m.

Updated Sept. 27, 2023, 10:58 a.m.

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