Seed Library and Community Gardens

Gladstone Regional Seed Library

Started at the Calliope Library several years ago, the Gladstone Regional Library Seed Library project now spans the entire region.

What is a Seed Library?

A seed library collection is where the library lends seeds instead of books.

Step 1 – “Borrow” seeds for free

Step 2 – Plant and tend to your crops

Step 3 – The return on this long-term loan is not fresh produce but instead return some seeds from the yield. These seeds are then made available for members to plant next season.

The type of seeds available varies at each location and depending on season but the four main types of seeds are Australian Natives, Flowers, Fruit & Vege and Herbs and easily identifiable by their packet symbols.

Australian Natives


Fruit & Vege



With the growing popularity of the Gladstone Seed Library there more places than ever to borrow from including:

  • Agnes Water Library
  • Boyne Island Library
  • Calliope Library
  • Gladstone City Library
  • Miriam Vale Library
  • Mount Larcom Library
  • Philip Street Family Precinct

Seed Donations

The library is happy to accept donations of seeds. You will be required to fill in a seed donation form with as much detail about the plant(s) as possible.

Gladstone Regional Council is not accountable for the content of seed donations or any errors in the accompanying information.

Library Community Gardens

Our library gardens provide meeting places for the community, with the added bonus of sharing an interest in gardening and the produce!  They also provide opportunities to replenish stock for our Seed Library. 

Gardening Information

Looking for some bite sized garden information? Try our range of brochures.

Each brochure contains information about the Seed Library, basic gardening information, and curriculum ideas to help teachers and parents encourage and inspire their children’s interest in nature.

Select a title below to open a printable copy or to read it online.


Boyne Island Library Community Garden

Located in a fenced area behind the library (next to the Castle Tower Building playground) and visible from the newspaper area inside Boyne Island Library; you’ll find the Seed Library here too.

Gladstone City Library Community Garden

Located on the patio (accessible from inside the building) and includes a worm farm; please only feed the worms the foods recommended on the posters.

The newest of the community gardens around our region the Labyrinth Garden is a nice place to sit and chat or meander around the path as you pick weeds or a flower or two.