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


Half-term fun at the toy libraries!

Both toy libraries are open as usual over half term so come along and have a play while you choose some toys to take home. Be lovely to see some of our older members who are now at school, still lots for them to choose from!

AGM Wednesday 19th October

All toy library members are invited to our AGM on Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm in Exeter Scrapstore. Please come along to support the toy libraries, we would love to see you!

Exeter Children’s Centres’ Playday


MGR open all summer!

Merry Go Round is open as usual every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning during the summer holidays. Carousel is closed due to repairs, but members are welcome to use MGR during the closure.