URI Master Gardeners

PPL Library Card Catalog Becomes a Free Seed Bank

Libraries across the country have rediscovered their ancient card catalogs and found new uses for them.

Artfully assembled from dense hardwoods and hand-crafted brass fittings, suffused with the dust and wear of dozens of years of use by thousands of readers, the card catalog seemed as if it had always been there, a part of the landscape. Today, that landscape has evolved, and the card catalog is extinct.