Common Soil Seed Library

The Common Soil Seed Library is a space for sharing open-pollinated seeds and gaining awareness and information about gardening and seed saving.

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or you want to learn how green your thumb really is (or isn't), Omaha Public Library has resources to help you grow your gardening skills!

Common Soil Seed Library:

OPL added the Common Soil Seed Libraryopens a new window to its collection in 2013 and has been offering seeds ever since! The types of seeds available for checkout can be seen in OPL's catalogopens a new window. Patrons can request seeds for pickup at their local OPL branch or browse seed library selections in person at Benson Branchopens a new windowBess Johnson Elkhorn Branchopens a new window, Millard Branchopens a new window or South Omaha Libraryopens a new window.

OPL has compiled grow-out instructions for all the seeds in OPL's collection, as well as information on various gardening topics. Patrons can request these handouts at any OPL branch.

Different seeds will be available at different times due to seasonal changes times due to seasonal changes and donations, so it's worthwhile to check for new offerings at different times of the year.

Cardholders may check out up to 10 seed packets at a time. Seeds do not need to be returned, so there are no due dates and patrons do not accrue penalties or overdue fees for unreturned seeds.

Gardening education:

If you're not sure where to begin, OPL's Common Soil gardening programs are a great place to start. Experienced instructors provide an overview of various topics, including garden design & companion planting, starting seeds, herb gardening, composting and more!

View currently scheduled OPL gardening and seed library programsopens a new window

In addition to these courses at OPL locations, patrons can also enroll in six-week Gale Coursesopens a new window taught by gardening professionals. Gale offers courses on Starting Your Own Edible Gardenopens a new window, which can help you learn which type of garden is right for you, and Growing Plants for Fun and Profitopens a new window, that focuses on how you can make a profit from your gardening efforts.

OPL Materials:

Book lists:

View the DVDs about gardeningopens a new window in OPL's collection.

These resources are a great way to get started with your personal gardening projects or even any community projectsopens a new window you think up! Learn more about the seed library collection hereopens a new window.