Seed Lending Library

Hands holding seed packets in front of a re-purposed library card catalog
The Menlo Park Seed Lending Library provides access to heritage seeds, gardening workshops, education and resources to encourage residents to grow food and foster community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing.

Located at the Main Library and Belle Haven Branch Library, the Seed Lending Library operates as a community seed exchange in which borrowers can “check out” a wide variety of vegetable and flower seeds to plant in their gardens for home use.

The Menlo Park Seed Lending Library is a project of the City of Menlo Park with support from Menlo Park Library Foundation.

For more information and to request seeds for your garden, please use the Seeds By Mail request form.

Wednesday Evening Gardening Programs


Join us on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month - click the calendar link to register and get reminders.

Garden Talk: Success with Tomatoes
Wednesday, Apr. 7,
7-8:30 p.m.
Would you like to grow your own tomatoes—or have more success with the ones you are already growing? Our experts will share their tips for getting the best harvest.

Garden Talk: Pests
Wednesday, May 5
7-8:30 p.m.
Snails, squirrels, bugs, deer... sometimes nature can be vexing. Our experts will share some strategies to keep your garden thriving.

There's more great talks coming up in 2021! Mark your calendars and check back for more details.
  • June: Gardening with Kids
  • July: Flowers from Seed
  • August 5: Fall Crops
  • Sept 2: Seed Saving
  • October 7: Seed Swap
  • November 4: Gardening Books
  • December: No program