Membership Info

If you would like to join either of the toy libraries, just turn up during one of our sessions and fill in a membership form. For more information, see below.

  1. Each new member is asked to fill in and sign a form giving contact details, number of children and whether joining as a group member or a family member. Contact information is entered into a card index system and used in case of overdue toys or for renewing membership.  All details given are confidential, kept securely and not passed on to third parties. They are only used in connection with the toy library. Paper and card copies of information are destroyed within two years of membership lapsing. Email addresses are added to a mailing list for information about our services, closure dates, fundraisers etc. Every email sent includes information on how to unsubscribe or you can send a blank email to
  2. We also ask members to fill in an optional monitoring form to give us more information about ethnicity, disability or developmental needs. This information is used by us when we buy more toys, and for statistics for grant applications. It does not identify individual children or adults in any way.
  3. Every member is given a membership card which shows their name and number. It is very helpful to the Toy Librarian if the card is shown each time you use the library.
  4. The fees for joining are £15.00 for group members and £6 for family members, renewable annually.
  5. Professional members can borrow up to 6 items at a time, whilst family members can borrow up to 3 items. In addition you can borrow up to 3 books, whilst more items can be borrowed for special events such as a party. Toys can also be booked.
  6. Fees are normally on a weekly basis, starting from 50p per week per toy. More expensive toys are £1.20 per week. Resource books are 30p per week. Groups can borrow toys for 6 weeks for the price of 5 – £2.50  for cheaper toys, £6 for more expensive toys, £1.50 for books.
  7. A deposit is taken for more expensive toys; this is refunded when the toy is returned. Refunds of deposits are entered into the cash book, and ticked when returned.
  8. Overdue fees are payable for each week or part of week a toy is late in being returned. This is at the normal weekly rate for that toy.
  9. An official receipt is given for all monies taken.
  10. Electronic toys come with either an adapter or batteries.
  11. Children are welcome to look at toys in the stock room at Merry Go Round, but for safety’s sake they must be supervised by an adult. You are welcome to take any toys into the main meeting room to try them out. Parents/carers remain responsible for their children at all times at both toy libraries
  12. We provide contents lists for toys with lots of pieces – please check everything is there before returning a toy. If a piece is missing (children are notorious for putting things in very strange places!) do not worry too much, as they normally turn up. Just make sure you let us know, and return pieces when they reappear.
  13. Sometimes toys break. Again, please let us know. There is no charge for breakages, but we do need the pieces back.
  14. If you lose the whole toy, we would expect you to pay for a replacement.
  15. Please bring back toys in a clean condition. This is especially important with baby toys.