Seed Library

The USF Seed Library is a joint project of the USF Urban Agriculture Program and Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. All USF students, faculty and staff are welcome to use the seed library. It is located next to the Gleeson Library Reference Desk.

How to use the USF Seed LibraryGood Seed Catalog Image

Borrow Seeds

  1. Grab a “My Seed Library Log” sheet: provide your name and email address.  You will use this log every time you borrow or bring back seeds.
  2. Select seeds: seeds are shelved in the cabinet alphabetically by plant name. On your “My Seed Library Log,” write down which seeds you are borrowing. Place your log in the return bin.
  3. Plant your seeds.

Return Seeds - Optional! 

  1. Collect and dry your seeds, and bring them back to the library. You can donate any seeds, not just seeds collected from seed library plants.  Please bring only organic, open pollinated (non-hybrid, non-GMO) seeds.
  2.  Label your donations with plant name & variety, year harvested, and origin of where the seeds were grown. Blank labels for returned seeds are in the bin near the seed library cabinet.  Place returned seeds in the “Seed Return” bin.
  3.  Update your personal log in the USF Seed Library Log (the 3-ring binder). Logs are arranged alphabetically by last name.

Seed Saving Resources

Books and Videos at Gleeson Library

Urban Farmer - provides helpful planting tips for veggies, herbs, and flowers

Seed Savers Exchange very useful site for seed saving instructions

Seed Viability handy chart for estimating how long seeds remain viable

Map of Bay Area Seed Libraries

USF Community Garden

Located between Lone Mountain and the Education Building, the USF Community Garden is a living laboratory for students, faculty, and staff interested in sustainable agriculture. 

Contact the USF Seed Library

For questions about the USF Seed Library, please contact

David Silver, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Environmental Studies and Coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program
Debbie Benrubi, Technical Services Librarian
Carol Spector, Government Information/Reference Librarian