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The HOT List: Toy Libraries in Melbourne

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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.

The most up to date contact list can be found at www.toylibraries.org.au/findatoylibrary or by emailing info@toylibraries.org.au

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
  • Every second Monday and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 except public and school holidays.
  • 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!

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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