News Archive

Spinning Top Reopening!

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Spinning Top Toy Library is reopening with a contact free click and collect service on Fridays 10am-1pm from 4th December.
Merry Go Round Toy Library is already open for toy hires using our click and collect service on Tuesdays 10am-4.30pm
Join, browse and book toys to collect from
All returned toys quarantined before being cleaned and returned to stock.


Sunday, October 25th, 2020

The results are in and we’re excited to announce that the new owner of our beautiful dolls’ house is Carla Whitaker!

We also have three lucky runners up: Rebecca Roberts, Anna Heddon and Amy Gale! We hope they enjoy their 1 year membership to Merry Go Round Toy Libraries!

Congratulations to all our winners, and a big thanks to everyone who entered. If you’re interested in joining the Toy Library, visit our website to find out more:

Free Competition!

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Like and share our Facebook post for a chance to win a lovely Georgian dolls’ house! Competition runs until 11pm on Friday 23rd October. Prizes also include 3 free annual memberships to our new online toy library!

Invitation to AGM

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

All members of the toy libraries are invited to our AGM on Wednesday 4th November at 8pm. At the meeting there will be a chance to hear an update on the last year, and a vote on members and officers of the toy libraries.

If you would like to be more involved with Merry Go Round, we have spaces on our committee and would love more members to be involved, just email us before the meeting.

The meeting will be on Zoom this year due to Covid-19, so not quite as social an event as normal but it will still be great to see everyone and catch up! If you can come, please email and we will send you a zoom invitation nearer the time.

Merry Go Round Online Now Live!

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Our new online site is now live! Visit to join, browse our catalogues and book toys. You can return and collect booked toys at Merry Go Round Toy Library every Tuesday between 10am-4.30pm from 14th July. Welcome back!

New Online Toy Library!

Monday, June 29th, 2020

We’ve listened to you and our new online toy library will be ready mid July! Watch this space for updates!

Contactless click and collect toy libraries?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Let us know if you would like to borrow toys using a safe online booking system with time slots for contact free collection and return of toys.
Returned toys would be kept segregated for a week before thorough cleaning and checking so would be completely virus free before being lent out again.
Please reply here – yes or no is fine and we also welcome comments, suggestions and questions, we want you involved in the future of your toy libraries!

Activities, arts and crafts

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Check out for links to things you can do with your children during lockdown. Every day we are adding a couple more. Have fun and stay safe!

Toy Libraries Closed Until Further Notice

Monday, March 16th, 2020

After careful consideration of the risks from coronavirus to both staff and members, we have decided to close the toy libraries until further notice.

We will not charge any overdue fees on toys currently out on loan. You can either hold onto the toys until we reopen, or return them to Exeter Scrapstore during their opening times. Please clean toys thoroughly and put in closed bags . The Scrapstore is currently open 11am-4pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am-1pm. Do not return on a Tuesday as the store will be closed.

We are very sorry to take this action, but we want to help contain the virus as much as possible and protect our members.

We will post any updates on Facebook and our website. Please let other members know if you see them.

Thank you for your cooperation and keep washing your hands!

Coronavirus Prevention

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

We are concentrating on making sure that children, staff and visitors understand the importance of the following measures to help stop the spread of any illness or virus

  • Wash hands often, with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, particularly
    • Before leaving home
    • On arrival at Toy Library and before playing with our toys
    • After using the toilet
    • Before preparing food
    • Before eating any food, including snacks
    • Before leaving the toy library
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in a bin, then wash your hands
  • Do not attend Toy Library
    • If you or your child is ill or has a temperature
    • If you have been in contact with the virus. Please email to let us know. Late fees will not be charged for self-isolations.
  • Cleaning Toys
    • We aim to clean all toys as they are returned, and routinely clean toys that are played with during sessions
    • Please clean toys thoroughly before returning them
  • Closures

Many thanks for your co-operation in keeping us all safe!