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Community Seed Library

Information about seed saving, gardening, and local resources


Carrier Library Location is Again Open!

We are so excited to announce that the Community Seed Library location in the Carrier Library main lobby has re-opened for browsing! Contactless pickup requests are still paused, but if you have any questions or concerns, please email

Second Location Available at Massanutten Regional Library!

The Community Seed Library is excited to announce a new partnership with Massanutten Regional Library! MRL's Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg now offers a second location for borrowing and donating seeds.
MRL's Community Seed Library is located in the “quarantine room," which is staffed and clearly marked. The Seed Library is easily accessed upon entry into MRL’s Central Library.

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What is the Community Seed Library?

The Community Seed Library is a self-service seed sharing library provided by JMU Libraries, and available to all. No library card necessary!

We provide seeds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We prioritize heirloom or open-pollinated seeds and plants that are well-suited to growing conditions in the Shenandoah Valley. We also strive to provide culturally relevant seed types, recognizing the diverse populations and gardening knowledge of our neighbors across the Valley and their plant traditions.

We have two options for obtaining seeds:
Carrier Library at James Madison University
-located in the main lobby
Central Branch of Massanutten Regional Library in downtown Harrisonburg
-located in the "quarantine room"


The Community Seed Library encourages community empowerment and supports food sovereignty by providing:

  • free access to seeds for all
  • programming to share knowledge and skills related to growing gardens and saving seeds
  • relevant resources and information


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