Cool Beans! We have a Seed Library!

The Hardin Valley library is excited to announce the opening of the Pellissippi Seed Library! What’s a seed library? A seed library is a place where community members can get free seeds to plant and grow at home. Our collection contains over 2,900 seed packets in a wide variety of vegetable, herb, edible flower, grains, and cover crop seeds, and is open to all Pellissippi students, staff, and faculty. Seeds were generously donated by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Beardsley Farm, and local individuals in the hope of establishing a sustainable community.

Image of seed library card catalog and books.How does it work? Pellissippi students, staff, and faculty can select up to 5 seed packets per person, 1 of each variety, from the collection and take them home to grow their own food. At the end of each season we encourage borrowers to collect seeds from their garden and return them to the library in order to create a sustainable collection.

Image of seed packets in seed library.Don’t think you have enough space to grow a garden? Vegetables and herbs make great patio plants! Checkout our book collection for information on gardening in small spaces.

Are you new to gardening or seed saving? The library has a great book collection on organic gardening, seed collecting and saving, and more! You can find all the information you need to successfully grow your garden (big or small), as well as information on seed saving on the libraries’ website. The Seed Library guide offers tips and suggestions for varying levels of experience and space. Checkout the guide today for more information:

Book Cover Seed GardenBook cover Seed SavingBook cover Vegetable GardeningBook cover The Edible Balcony

Volunteer Opportunity!

Seed Sorting Party

Wednesday November 30th!

Do you need to get your volunteer hours in?

The Hardin Valley Library is hosting its final Seed Sorting Party of the semester! Join us in ER 107 this Wednesday from 12-1 pm. Our special guest will be our very own Americorp VISTA  JD Burnette from the Hardin Valley Campus Garden and Pellissippi Pantry. Come sort seeds and pick JD’s brain about gardening, seed saving, sustainable living or serving as a VISTA volunteer. Hope to see you there!


Image of vegetable seed packets.

Game On! @ your library

Do you need a break from studying?  Want to find a new challenge?  Stop by the library this Wednesday and Thursday for Library Games Day!  We have Nintendo Wii, board games, card games, and more.  Come and play someone new or learn a new game, and have  a photo taken for fun!

Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Prizes, Refreshments, and Lots of Fun!

OneSearch Citations

Did you know OneSearch ( generates MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations? Good to know for the few databases with no citation feature or when citing a print book!

After clicking on a title from OneSearch results, click on the Actions link on the right side and then on Citation in the drop-down menu.

Citation link highlighted on the OneSearch record for a book.Copy and paste the citation into your paper or export it into a citation manager like Zotero, Mendeley, or Endnote.

As always, check these computer-generated citations for errors with the MLA & APA Citation Guide (!

-Matthew O’Connor


Omnimusic logoAttention video production students! The Omnimusic database ( has thousands of tracks in every genre, style, and mood from Emmy and CINE award-winning composers.

Ready to get music for your video project? Omnimusic is on our A-Z database list. Just click on the Music Search heading to browse topics or on Playlists to match specific scenarios.

-Maud Mundava