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 is also a charity 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


November Special Offer at Carousel!

Borrow 2 toys for the price of one at Carousel Toy Library for the whole of November!

Open every Thursday from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Prices from 40p per toy, cheapest toy is free for a week!

Carousel will remain open up until Christmas. After that members can transfer to Merry Go Round.

Toy Library Closed Today (10th October)

Sorry to say Merry Go Round Toy Library will be closed this afternoon (Tuesday 10th October) due to staff sickness.
Toys due back today will get a free week’s hire.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

AGM 7.30pm Wednesday 1st November

Annual General Meeting
All toy library members and supporters are invited to our Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st November, followed by a trip to the Globe pub in Newtown to celebrate another year of making children happy!
We really need the support of our members, so please come along. Contact us for details of venue.

Future of Carousel

Sadly Carousel will be closing at Christmas but we are actively looking for new premises for a new toy library. Carousel members will be able to transfer to Merry Go Round Toy Library after the closure, or to our new toy library when it opens. Please contact us if you have any ideas for venues either west of the river or other areas where there is a need.