How to use the seed library

The Mancos Public Library is excited to open the Seed Lending Library for the eighth year in a row!  We have many seeds, some new, some older, but all non-GMO and heritage or organic.  We have updated and have new packages with pictures, new seeds and a better variety thanks donations from Seed Savers, Johnny’s seed and a private donor. We have also made it even easier to check out seeds.

Some of our new seeds include Miner’s lettuce, Deer Tongue Lettuce, Encore Salad Mix, Romain lettuce, Dark Green Lettuce, and a few other lettuce seeds.  We have Scarlet Runner Beans, Mortgage Buster Beans, Kings Banquet Beans, various corn and tomato seed, a small amount of Einkorn ancient grain (wheat), several varieties of carrot, several varieties of herbs, Sunflower, Hollyhock,  to name a few, but not all.
There is a brief history on some of the lesser known plants, at the seed table and some really yummy recipes!

Check it out and if you have any questions, just ask us.  We look forward to building our Seed Library with you!  In another posting we will tell you why Seed Saving is so important.  Stay tuned.

How to use the Seed Library:

How to use the Seed Library – It’s SUPER EASY!

We ask that you help us keep our seeds pure.  Use no pesticides.

Our goal is to have only heritage, organic and non GMO seed.


  1. Choose your seeds ( usually we ask that you take only 3 per person)
  2. Take them to the Circulation Desk
  3. Fill out the short form with your contact information
  4. Plant, water, and enjoy
  5. Let a plant go to seed, collect and dry seed, return to the library
  6. Leave seeds, in an envelope notating what is inside, along with your name, at the Circulation Desk, and note the return on your original form

Mission Statement:  The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity and sustainability through the time honored tradition of seed saving. nurtures locally adapted and heirloom plant varieties and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing for the purpose of resisting the global, industrialized food system that can corrupt our health, freedom and culture through inappropriate food production and genetic engineering.

Goal:  To creature a culture of sharing, abundance and community involvement, provide the physical space where people can “borrow” free seeds (to be returned from their harvest in the fall to grow the bank) and provide education and information about relevant resources. Mancos Public Library is a model for sustainability in our community.