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East Side Seed Library: Borrow, Grow, Share

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About the Seed Library

The East Side Seed Library is located inside the Dayton's Bluff branch of the Saint Paul Public Library and is operated in partnership with the Metro State University Library and Learning Center as well as Urban Roots.

A huge thank you to the West Side Seed Library and the folks at Growing West Side for inspiring and supporting the creation of the East Side Seed Library.

small wooden cabinet flanked by two small metal lockers on a table top filled with drawers of seeds

How it Works


  • Take a seed packet (up to 5)
  • Take an information sheet
  • Check out at the desk


  • Plant at home
  • Check out gardening books for more information


  • Share your bounty with your neighbors, friends, and family
  • Let us know what you learned and enjoyed

Get Involved

More Seeds!

The mini seed library is located in the Metro State Library for scholars on the go!

Book shelf featuring gardening books and a small selection of seed packets.

Find more seed libraries worldwide with the Seed Library Census & Map.

Seed Library Network: Global Seed Library Census

Helpful Websites

University of MN Yard and Garden Questions and Guides

The best plants and gardening practices for Minnesota gardeners, homeowners and hobbyists to grow healthy lawns, landscapes and gardens.

MN SEED (Saving Essential Edibles and Diversity) Project

Ramsey County Master Gardeners will visit the county yard waste sites on select dates in 2023. Visiting the booth is free. Yard waste sites are open to all Ramsey County residents.

Seed Savers Exchanges Learning Guide

Expand your gardening and seed saving know-how with helpful garden tips, how-to guides, and more resources.

Prairie Moon Learning Center

Answers for frequently asked questions, shipping information, germination tricks, and planting guides all in one place. Learn more about the benefits of native plants. Get growing tips & tricks. Identify and eradicate invasive species.

Gardens are for Everyone: Ideas for Accessible Gardening

Information on creating inclusive garden spaces, adaptive tools, and more. Accessible gardens for home and community garden locations allow everyone to reap the benefits of gardening.

Northern Gardener™ Resource Hub

Curated collection of trusted growing tips and ideas for northern gardeners including resources from local experts and garden centers, as well as publications and classes from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.

Ask a Master Gardner Info Sessions

Ramsey County Master Gardeners will visit the county yard waste sites on select dates in 2023. Visiting the booth is free. Yard waste sites are open to all Ramsey County residents.

Free Compost and Mulch

Free compost and wood mulch are available at many of the Ramsey County yard waste collection sites. Free and open to Ramsey County residents as well as Hennepin County residents who live in Saint Anthony Village.

Gardening Pet Safety Tips

Helpful tips to keep your furry friends safe in your garden.

Metro State Library Books & eBooks

How to Become a Gardener
Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening
Seed Queen
Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of the Midwest
Soil: the story of a Black mother's garden
Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive
Pollinators of Native Plants
Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health
American Grown
The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
Held by the Land
You Grow, Gurl!
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden
Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota
Plant This Instead!

Children's Books @ Metro State

Ka's garden = Kab lub vaj
Little Seeds
Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
A Seed Needs Sun
Plant Packages
Jayden's Impossible Garden
The Thing about Bees
The Ugly Vegetables
Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild
Sadie's Seed Adventures
Uncle John's City Garden
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table