Playing with a 'loopie' toyMerry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity which runs a toy library 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. Sadly this toy library had to close in December 2017 after more than 11 years due to changes in services at the Centre.

We opened another toy library, Spinning Top, in the Beacon Centre in Beacon Heath in March 2018, thanks to both the Beacon and a grant from the Big Lottery. This has a really large play area and purpose built display cupboards for all the toys.

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 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 and the Big Lottery and Exeter Foundation


Half Term Opening Times

It’s half term so must be time to visit the toy libraries! Open as normal Tuesday 10-4.30 in Exeter Scrapstore and 9.30-12.30 in the Beacon. We have loads of things to keep older children happy as well as toys for younger members

Early Closing at Spinning Top on Friday 17th January

Spinning Top will be closing at 11.45am tomorrow (17th January). It will open as normal the following week (9.30am-12.30pm). Many apologies for any inconvenience.

Christmas Closure and SPECIAL OFFER

1% donations from Co-op

We’re happy we’re benefiting from the Co-op Local Community Fund again! Please go to the link below and choose Merry Go Round as your cause. Every time you shop at a Co-op show your card so our charity gets a 1% donation. Doesn’t cost you anything!