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SMFA Seed Library

How to “borrow” seeds

Browse the seed collection onsite at the SMFA Library and bring the seeds you’d like to use to the circulation desk. We won’t check them out to your library account, but we’ll note what you take so our inventory is up to date.

If you’re based on the Tufts Medford campus, you can browse the online seed catalog here and use this form to request seeds. We’ll send them to the Tisch Library and you’ll receive an email when they’re available to pick up.

How to “return” seeds

Returning seeds is not required to use the seed library. If you have leftover seeds, you can give them to the library for someone else to use. We also encourage you to save seeds from the plants you grow and “return” them to our collection.

See below for information about how to save seeds. Please use this form for each type of seed you donate or return, or fill out a paper form at the SMFA Library. To return seeds from the Medford campus, please contact Abby Geluso at Tisch Library.

Online resources:

Books at the SMFA Library:


The Seed Library at the SMFA Library is a collection of seeds available to members of the SMFA and Tufts communities and other SMFA Library users.

The Seed Library is an extension of the SMFA Garden project, which was funded by the 2020 Tufts Green Fund.

Seed catalog

To view a list of seeds currently available, click here. The list is in alphabetical order by name, and you can click the name of each seed to find more information about the plant and how to grow it.


Have suggestions for seeds you'd like us to include? Fill out this form!