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The Natural Library

Our Seed Library, Native Plant Garden and Other Climate Initiatives

Growing Green Thumbs and Cultivating Our Community


Learning how to live with the natural world around you is just as much a part of literacy as learning how to use a computer or finding your next book. Here’s how we’re putting Racine back in touch with our landscape.

The Seed Library

A photo of the Racine Public Library's Seed Library, a tall cabinet of drawers covered in moss and flowers.

Our seed library will open for the 2024 growing season by Friday, March 8. This resource offers  vegetable (and sometimes herb and fruit) seeds for you to take home. The seeds are free, but please take only what you will use so we can serve all of our visitors. No checkout is required on the seeds.


To take seeds home, stop by the Beyond Books collection on the second floor. Our seed library is the tall, mossy cabinet alongside the Beyond Books nook. Each seed comes packaged in a handy packet with quantity, growing advice, and information about what businesses and organizations provided the seeds.


The Racine Public Library Seed Library is offered in partnership with UW Extension to help our community eat and grow healthy food on any budget.


Does the Racine Public Library accept seed donations?

We do not accept seed donations from our visitors. Unfortunately, it’s easy for homegrown seeds to transfer blight and other diseases to other gardens. We work with agricultural and gardening businesses to offer seeds that visitors can take home with the assurance that they will be safe for their gardens.

Where do the Racine Public Library’s seeds come from?

Native Plant Garden

An upclose photo of the Racine Public Library's pollinator garden, a bed of woodchips full of plants native to ther region.

On Friday, June 24, 2022, we installed more than 600 native plants around our Library Drive book drops. Thank you to Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network and all the volunteers who helped plant this garden.


This pollinator garden helps support a healthy ecosystem for birds, bees and butterflies. We purchased our plants from Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery with the support of our generous donors.

Visit the Mitchell Park Domes

Visit the Domes. Check out an Experience Pass. Place a hold by calling, stopping in or visiting

Experience passes for the Mitchell Park Domes are now available for checkout! These passes cover entry for your whole household to visit the Domes at no charge. The pass will also give you a 10% discount in the gift shop.


To use the pass, start by placing a hold at, by calling us at (262) 636-9217, or by stopping by a service station on your next visit. When it’s your turn to use the pass, you’ll receive a notification that your hold is ready for pickup. Once you pick the pass up, you have seven days to use it on a visit to the domes. The pass works for any day the Domes are open, including during the train and holiday shows, as well as members-only events. Please keep in mind that passes cannot be renewed, and patrons will be billed the cost of the membership if the pass is not returned within seven days.


The pass is also eligible at American Horticultural Society public gardens throughout the US, Canada, Cayman Islands and US Virgin Islands. Please call in advance to confirm if the garden you’d like to visit has any limits on accepting other gardens’ passes.

Coming Soon: The Garden Tower

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