toy libraries in melbourne

Toy libraries are just like book libraries, except that you can borrow out toys! They are a lifesaver for any family as for a yearly membership fee (often with discounts for concession card holders) you can borrow toys as often as you like, keeping a constant rotation of amusement and novelty for short attention spans. It’s a membership that saves you money, the environment and keeps your house relatively decluttered of all the plastic crap that comes with being a parent. I actually use it most for dress up costumes for events!

Here’s a list of all the toy libraries in Melbourne. Click here for a list of all the toy libraries outside metropolitan Melbourne, including Dandenongs, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Macedon Ranges and Geelong.

NORTH /  NORTH EAST

Melbourne Community Toy Library – Carlton

  • 469 Cardigan St CARLTON 3053 0425 365 096
  • Friday 10.00 – 11.30 am, Saturday 9.30 am – 12.00 noon
  • 1 child: $50 per year
  • 1 child concession: $30 per year
  • 2 or more children: $65 per year
  • 2 or more children concession: $45 per year

Collingwood Toy Library

  • Collingwood Football Club Community Centre, Corner Lulie and Abbot Streets ABBOTSFORD 3067 0468 495 285
  • Tuesday 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Thursday 9.30 am – 12.00 noon, Saturday 9.30 am – 2.00 pm
  • Family with 1 child $70
  • Family with 2+ children $80
  • Concession: $20 for the first child, and $5 for each subsequent child

Moreland Toy Library

  • Scout Hall, 14a Jolley Street WEST BRUNSWICK 3056 0491 165 790
  • Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • 3 toy membership: $50 per year
  • 3 toy memberhsip concession: $25 per year
  • 6 toy membership: $80 per year
  • 6 toy membership concession: $40 per year

Toy Library Plus (Darebin)

  • Reservoir, Preston, Bundoora, Keon Park, Northcote – see below for details 03 8470 8104
  • Northcote Family Centre, 185 High St, Northcote Monday: 9.30am – 11.30am Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Keon Park Childrens Hub 1–7 Dole Avenue, Keon Park Tuesday: 9.00am – 10.30am Toy Library Plus and Pop in Playgroup session held during term time
  • Preston Neighbourhood House 218 High Street, Preston Wednesday: 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Bundoora Darebin North East Community Hub 35 Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora Thursday: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Reservoir Community and Learning Centre 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir Thursday: 10.00am – 12.00 noon Saturday: 10.00am – 12.00 noon
  • Closures – Toys Library Plus operates all year except the following times: Public holidays & Week prior to Christmas until the New Year
  • Annual fee: $40
  • Concession fee: $5

Alphington Toy Library

  • 2 Kelvin Road ALPHINGTON 3078  03 9499 7227
  • Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am during school terms only
  • $30 full / $20 concession for one child
  • $15 full / $10 concession for each additional sibling

Eltham Toy Library

  • Eltham Library Complex, Panther Place ELTHAM 3095 03 9439 3122
  • Tuesday 9.30 am – 11.00 am, Thursday 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm, Sunday 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Family: $50 per year
  • Concession: $30 per year
  • Committee member: $25 per year
  • Grandparent: $30 per year
  • Short term: $15 per 4 weeks

Diamond Valley Toy Library Inc

  • Yarra Plenty Regional Library, Civic Drive GREENSBOROUGH 3088 0452 046 454
  • Tuesday 7.00 pm – 8.15 pm, Friday 10.30 am – 11.45 am, Saturday 10.30 am – 11.45 am
  • Family: $50 per year, $30 per 3 months
  • Concession: $40 per year
  • Grandparent: $40 per year

Warrandyte Toy Library

  • North Warrandyte Community Centre, 184 Research-Warrandyte Road NORTH WARRANDYTE 3113 03 9844 0473
  • Wednesday 10.30 am – 12.00 noon, Saturday 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • 1 child: $40 per year
  • 2 children: $50 per year
  • 3 or more children: $60 per year
  • Duty levy: $40 per year

Broadmeadows Community Toy Library

  • 24A Dimboola Road BROADMEADOWS 3047  03 9309 8667
  • Tuesday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, Thursday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Family membership $25 per 6 months
  • Group membership $60 annually

Banyule Toy Library

  • 19 Interlake Pde ROSANNA 3084
  • Monday 7.30 pm – 8.45 pm, Tuesday 9.45 am – 11.00 am, Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month – 9.30 am – 11.00 am
  • Standard with 3 duties $60
  • Standard with no duties $120
  • Concession with 3 duties $30
  • Concession with no duties $60
  • Group fees $125

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

Stonnington Toy Library

  • 1 Winter Street MALVERN 3144 03 9500 1673
  • Thursday 9.00 am – 12.00 noon, Friday 9.00 am – 12.00 noon, Friday 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm, Saturday 9.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • Family with one child $85 ($40 concession)
  • Family with 2 or more children $120 ($60 concession)

Elwood Toy Library

  • Elwood / St Kilda Neighbourhood House, 87 Tennyson Street ELWOOD 3184 03 9531 1679
  • Wednesday 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Friday 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • 1 child: $90 per year
  • 1 child concession: $45 per year
  • 2 children: $100 per year
  • 2 children concession: $50 per year
  • 3 or more children: $110 per year
  • 3 or more children concession: $55 per year

Middle Park Toy Library

  • Middle Park Community Centre, Corner Richardson and Nimmo Streets MIDDLE PARK 3206 NONE
  • Tuesday 9.30 am – 11.00 am, Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am
  • Family: $120 per year (no duty)
  • Family: $70 per year (with duty)
  • Concession: $30 per year (with duty)
  • Plus a refundable $20 bond

Port Melbourne Toy Library

  • Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay St PORT MELBOURNE 3207 NONE
  • Wednesday 11.30 am – 12.30 am, Saturday 10.30 am – 11.30 am
  • Membership with duty $55 per annum per child
  • Membership without duty $85 per annum per child
  • Concession: $30 per year

Glen Waverley Toy Library

  • 6 Herriotts Boulevard GLEN WAVERLEY 3150 0411 830 593
  • Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am during school terms
  • 2 toy membership: $30 per year
  • 3 toy membership: $35 per year
  • 4 toy membership: $40 per year

Monash Toy Library

  • 36 Burton Street CHADSTONE 3148 +61 3 9806 0950
  • Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am
  • 1 child: $60 per year
  • 2 or more children: $70 per year
  • Concession: $10 discount

Bayside Toy Library

  • 212 Dendy Street BRIGHTON EAST 3187  0447 985 221
  • Thursday 9.30 am – 11.30 am,Friday 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • 1 child: $80 per year
  • 2 or more children: $110 per year
  • 1 child concession: $40 per year
  • 2 or more children concession: $55 per year
  • Grandparent: $40 per year
  • Duty levy: $90 per year
  • Joining fee: $20

Carrum Downs Toy Library Inc @ Lyrebird Community Centre

  • Lyrebird Community Centre, 203-205 Lyrebird Drive CARRUM DOWNS 3201 03 9782 0133
  • Monday 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, Wednesday 9.00 am – 10.30 am, Saturday 10.30 am – 12.00 noon
  • Family: $60 per year (with duty)
  • Family: $70 per year (no duty)
  • Grandparent: $45 per year
  • Family day care / playgroup: $80 per year

Moorabbin Area Toy Library

  •  Moorleigh Community Village, 90-92 Bignell Road BENTLEIGH EAST 3165 03 9570 3590
  • Wednesday 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm, Friday 10.00 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • 1 child: $70 per year
  • 1 child concession: $45 per year
  • 2 or more children: $90 per year
  • 2 or more children concession: $55 per year
  • Duty levy: $120 per year

Pied Piper Toy Library

  • 6 Lexia St ASHBURTON 3147  03 9885 2052
  • Monday 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm, Tuesday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm, Saturday 9.30 am – 12.00 noon
  • Deluxe: $140 per year
  • Deluxe concession: $70 per year
  • Standard: $110 per year
  • Standard concession: $55 per year
  • 2 year membership: $200

Caulfield Community Toy Library

  • 12 Munro Avenue CARNEGIE 3163  0448 770 142
  • New hours effective Sat 1st March 2014, Wednesday 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm, Thursday 10.00 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • 1 child family: $80 per year
  • 2 children: $90 per year
  • 3 or more children: $110 per year
  • Concession: $25 discount

Springvale Service for Children Toy Library

  • 23-28 Lightwood Avenue SPRINGVALE 3171 03 8558 3800
  • Monday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, Tuesday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Wednesday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Thursday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm , Friday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, Saturday 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Family: $65 per year
  • Concession: $55 per year
  • Family day care: $190 per year
  • Group: $195 per year

Nunawading Toy Library

  • 19 Norma Road FOREST HILL 3131 0449 123 889
  • Wednesday 6.30 pm – 7.45 pm, Thursday 9.30 am – 11.00 am, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • Level 1: $75 per year
  • Level 2: $85 per year
  • Family day care: $150 per year
  • Concession: $20 discount

Oakleigh Toy Library

  • Cnr Huntingdale Road and Germain Street, Oakleigh South
  • Saturdays 9:30 – 11am, Wednesdays 7 – 8pm
  • $50-$70 depending on number of toys

Knox & District Toy Library

  • Rosa Benedikt Centre, 11-13 Gerda Street SCORESBY 3179 0424 265 790
  • Friday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • Single: $60 per year
  • Single concession: $40 per year
  • Family: $80 per year
  • Family concession: $60 per year
  • Family day care / group: $120 per year

Kingston Toy Library

  • 2b Lewis Street MORDIALLOC 3195  03 9587 9608
  • Monday 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Friday 9.30 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Bronze: $60 per year (3 toys)
  • Silver: $70 per year (6 toys)
  • Gold: $80 per year (8 toys)
  • Duty levy: $60 (refundable once 6 hours of duty is completed)
  • All concessions and grandparent memberships half price

Pakenham & District Toy Library

  • Hollins Children’s Centre, 10 Atlantic Drive PAKENHAM 3810 0468 372 961
  • Thursday and Friday 1st & 3rd week each month, Closed during school holidays
  • Family Membership $55 a year

Berwick Toy Library

  • Timbarra Community Centre, Parkhill Drive BERWICK 3806 0403 271 987
  • Thursday 9.30 am – 10.30 am fortnightly during school terms, Saturday 9.30 am – 11.00 am fortnightly during school terms
  • Family: $50 per year (with duty)
  • Daycare: $100 per year (with duty)

Cranbourne and District Toy Library Inc

  • Cranbourne Library Complex, 65 Cranbourne-Berwick Road CRANBOURNE 3977 0439 717 133
  • Every Tuesday 10.00am – 11.30am, Every Thursday 12.00pm-1.30pm
  • Family: $60 (3 toys)
  • Family: $80 (6 toys)
  • Group: $130 (10 toys)
  • Concession: $45 (3 toys)
  • Concession: $60 (6 toys)

Coastal Villages Toy Library

  • Anchorage Drive BLIND BIGHT 3980 (03) 5998 7014
  • Thursday 11.00am – 12.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 12.00pm
  • $40 Nippers Occasional Care Families
  • $35 Concessional Families – per family
  • $55 Groups (i.e. Family daycare/playgroups) (3 toys + 1 puzzle) – per group
  • $45 Families (2 toys + 1 puzzle) – per family

EAST

Kew Toy Library

  • 152 Pakington Street  KEW 3101 (03) 9853 9043
  • Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 9.30am – 12.00pm
  • 3 toy membership: $75 per year, 5 toy membership: $95 per year

Richmond Toy Library

  • Main Location @ Basement Richmond Library (415 Church St, Richmond) 0412 287 914
  • Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (only first Tuesday of each month), Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:30 am, Saturday 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Second Location @ Finbar Neighbourhood House (143 Kent St, Richmond) 0412 287 914
  • Tuesdays 10am – 12 noon, Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon
  • 1 child: $70 per year
  • 2 or more children: $80 per year
  • Concession: $25 per year
  • Duty Deposit: $40
  • Concession Duty Deposit: $20

Box Hill Area Toy Libraries

  • Box Hill South Family Centre, Rotary Court (Corner Station Street and Riversdale Road) BOX HILL SOUTH 3128 0479152419
  • Monday 9:30 am – 10.30 am, Monday 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm
  • Family: $55 per year (4 toys)
  • Family concession: $45 per year (4 toys)
  • Family: $70 per year (6 toys)
  • Family concession: $60 per year (6 toys)
  • Group: $95 per year

Manningham Toy Library

  • 109 Swanston Street LOWER TEMPLESTOWE 3107 0415 081 370
  • Thursday 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • 1 child: $70 per year
  • 2 children: $75 per year
  • 3 or more children: $80 per year
  • Concession: $20 discount
  • Joining bond: $20

Canterbury and Area Toy Library

  • 190a Canterbury Road CANTERBURY 3126 9836 9942
  • Monday 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Single: $80 per year
  • Family: $110 per year

Maroondah Toy Library

  • Parkwood Community Hub, 35-39 Tortice Drive RINGWOOD NORTH 3134 03 9723 0866
  • Monday 9.30 am – 12.30pm, Thursday 9.30 am – 12.30pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm
  • 4 toy: $65 per year
  • 4 child concession: $55 per year
  • 8 toy: $75 per year
  • 8 child concession: $65 per year
  • 12 toy: $85 per year
  • 12 child concession: $75 per year
  • * Members can pay an additional $100 levy to opt out of their 4 roster duties per year

WEST

Melbourne Community Toy Library – Kensington

  • Kensington Community Recreation Centre, Corner Kensington Road and Altona Street KENSINGTON 3031 0425 365 096
  • Tuesday 10.00 am – 11.30 am, Saturday 9.30 am – 12.00 noon
  • 1 child: $50 per year
  • 1 child concession: $30 per year
  • 2 or more children: $65 per year
  • 2 or more children concession: $45 per year

Moonee Valley Toy Library – Essendon

  • 129 Lincoln Road  ESSENDON 3040 0491 102 003
  • Tuesday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesday 9.30 am – 12:30 pm, Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Saturday 9.30 am – 2.00 pm
  • 3 toy membership: $55 per year
  • 3 toy membership concession: $27.50 per year
  • 6 toy membership: $85 per year
  • 6 toy membership concession: $42.50 per year
  • Grandparent: $35 (3 toys up to 8 times per year)

Maribyrnong Toy Library – West Footscray

  • 539 Barkly Street, Footscray West 9687 3345
  • Tuesday and Saturday 10am -12 noon
  • $75.00 or $40.00 conc.

Maribyrnong Toy Library – Maidstone

  • 23 Burns St, Maidstone 03 8199 6301
  • Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm Tuesday
  • $75.00 or $40.00 conc.

Hobsons Bay Toy Library – Newport

  • Hobsons Bay Early Years Centre, 51 Maddox Road, Newport VIC 3015 03 9391 0294
  • Thursdays 9.00am – 1.00pm, Saturdays 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • 3 Toys $70, concession $40
  • 6 Toys $85, concession $55
  • 9 Toys $95, concession $65

Hobsons Bay Toy Library – Laverton

  • 15 Crown Street LAVERTON 3028 03 9369 9118
  • Thursday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • 1 child: $30 per year
  • 1 child concession: $20 per year
  • 2 children: $45 per year
  • 2 children concession: $35 per year
  • 3 or more children: $55 per year
  • 3 or more children concession: $45 per year

Little Buddies Toy Library – Werribee

  • Wyndham Park Community Centre, 57 Kookaburra Avenue WERRIBEE 3030 (03) 9741 1366
  • Monday 9.30 am – 11.00 am,  Friday 9.30 am – 11.00 am,  Saturday 10.00 am – 11.30 am
  • 2 toy membership: $55 per year
  • 4 toy membership: $75 per year
  • Duty bond: $50 per year

Little Buddies Toy Library – Point Cook

  • Point Cook Community Centre, 1-21 Cheetham Street POINT COOK 3030 (03) 8353 1196
  • Tuesday 9.30 am – 11.00 am, Friday 12.00pm – 1.30pm, Saturday 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • 2 toy membership: $55 per year
  • 4 toy membership: $75 per year
  • Duty bond: $50 per year

Sunshine Toy Library

  • Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine (03) 9249 4640
  • Mon-Fri 9:30-8pm, Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm
  • Borrowing toys is included in library membership

Martha Arms Toy Library

  • Keilor Downs Community Centre, 90 Taylors Road KEILOR DOWNS 3038 0468 367 345
  • 1st and 3rd Saturday 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Family: $40 per year
  • Extended family: $55 per year
  • Funded group: $80 per year
  • Unfunded group: $58 per year

Sunbury Toy Library

  • 35 Dobell Avenue SUNBURY 3429 0449 109 717
  • Wednesday 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm, Friday 9.30 am – 11.00 am, During school term time only
  • 10 week membership: $15
  • 10 week membership concession: $10
  • Half year membership: $30
  • Half year membership concession: $20
  • 12 month membership: $50
  • 12 month membership concession: $35

 Do you love your toy library? Let me know if I’ve missed listing your favourites!

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