Playing with a 'loopie' toyMerry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity which runs two toy libraries in Exeter. Our first toy library, Merry Go Round, opened at the end of 1999 and is based in Exeter Scrapstore on the edge of Belmont Park. The Scrapstore and Magic Carpet are both charities and we work well in partnership together.

Merry Go Round Toy Library proved to be so popular with families, carers and children that in November 2006 we opened a new branch, Carousel Toy Library, in West Exe Children’s Centre in St Thomas. The toy libraries are open not only for families with children aged from a few months to early teens, but also for any groups or individuals involved in providing daycare for children. You may be a foster parent or childminder, or involved in a group activity such as afterschool club, playscheme or preschool. Anyone who looks after children is welcome to become a member! Toy Libraries are exciting places to visit, like an Aladdin’s cave full of things you want to take home; they are centres for lending the best toys and games which adults and children can enjoy together. Many of our toys promote inclusion, with some specially designed for children with disabilities. We also have a wide range of resource books and multicultural toys. We are happy to give advice about specific toys for individual children, or alternatively what resources would suit group play. Come and visit us! To find out more use the links above – look in Merry Go Round and Carousel for opening times, locations and catalogues…


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Merry Go Round Toy and Leisure Libraries is a registered charity no. 1100532
Supported by the Co-operative Community Fund


Special Offer and Closure at Carousel

Come along to Carousel this Thursday (27th April) and get two weeks for the price of one! We are closed on 5th June for polling day, so stock up and get a bargain

Committee Meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 15th March

All members welcome, contact us for venue. Be great to get a few new faces onboard – come along to find out more about how the toy libraries work and how you can get involved. May even be cake!

Vacancy for Relief Toy Librarian

If you have experience of working with children and adults, have good numeracy, communication and organisational skills, and would like occasional paid work then please contact us!

We need a relief Toy Librarian for occasional cover at Merry Go Round and Carousel Toy Libraries. 4.5 hours per session to include setting up, clearing away and admin (opening times MGR Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm; Thursdays 10am to 1pm; Carousel Thursdays 9.30am-12.30pm)

Application form and job description available on our website here or contact us for printed copies. For more information or an informal chat, call in or phone Merry Go Round during toy library opening times (tel 01392 436777), or email fiona@mgrtoylibrary.org.

Merry Go Round Toy Libraries are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.