Our new contact free online toy library service is now open! From here you can safely join our toy libraries, and browse and book toys to take home https://my.mgrtoylibrary.org/

All returned toys are quarantined for at least 72 hours before being cleaned ready to hire out again.

You can book and collect toys from either the Merry Go Round site at Exeter Scrapstore or from Spinning Top Toy Library in the Beacon Centre.

Members from either toy library can use the online service; remember to return toys to the library they were borrowed from!

Unfortunately you cannot enter the building, but we are still here to give advice at a distance during opening times or by phone or email.

Merry Go Round Toy & Leisure Library is a registered charity based 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.

Our service is for families and groups with children aged from a few months to early teens.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 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 our new online service!

To find out more use the links above – look in Merry Go Round or Spinning Top for opening times and locations

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


Update to Services April 2021

Spinning Top is now OPEN every Friday 10am-1pm from 16th April. Book toys now from my.mgrtoylibrary.org for a contact-free covid-safe collection service.


Update to services January 2021

Merry Go Round will remain open for contact free click and collect toy library services from Exeter Scrapstore Tuesdays 10-4.30pm. https:/my.mgrtoylibrary.org

Spinning Top will be CLOSED until further notice.

Stay Safe!


MGR Annual Report 2020

Here’s the link to our latest AGM report – makes good reading and some nice photos of our young members!