How Does it Work?

Who can join the Toy Library?

We are open to families from Glasgow and surrounding areas. You don’t have to be a parent in order to join us – if you are a carer, grandparent or other family member who is looking after a child/children and you would like to became a member – we welcome you!

How do I join the Toy Library?

To become Toy Library Member, pop along to The Toy Library with two forms of identification:  one photographic ID and one headed letter, bank statement or utility bill dated within last 3 months, showing your name and your current address.

Why are we asking for this? – It is simply so we know where our toys are when they are not with us. We do not keep copies.

We will also ask you to fill out our short membership form and facilitate payment or referral. (See Member Terms for payment and referral details).

We'll register your membership card and that’s all - you can start borrowing our toys!

How do I borrow a toy?

You can browse our toy catalogue here online using the search, categories and age buttons. Alternatively, you can ask our friendly Toy Library staff to help you browse and reserve toys online using our devices.

  • To make a reservation online, simply log into the site using the 'Log in' button in the top menu.  
  • When you find a toy you would like to reserve, click on the green borrow/reserve button. 
  • On the calendar below, select the date you would like to collect the toy and the return date (maximum 28 days). Please note we are currently only open all day Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. 
  • Add to basket. Repeat for additional toys and then go to 'check out'. Your items will then be reserved.  

Once your toys are reserved, we will get them ready to be picked up on the day of your choice. Collection is from The Toy Library at 901 Govan Road, G51 3DN. Please bring along your membership card to facilitate collection. Unfortunately we are unable to offer delivery. Larger items may require transport. 

How many toys can I borrow at one time?

You can loan up to 4 toys per registered child at one time (depending on stock availability. Upper maximum of 12). However to ensure fair access to our larger and higher value toys, only one PREMIUM toy can be borrowed per rental period.

How long can I keep a toy?

Toys can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks, but you can return them sooner if you prefer. Unfortunately we are unable to collect toys. 

We find that children get excited choosing their new toys online and look forward to collecting them, making the return of current toys a much easier process. However favourite toys can be borrowed again (subject to waiting lists) or for toys that are difficult to part with, we can offer a purchase option.

Our families steer everything we do. A core group of local parents/carers have helped to shape the library process aiming to make it as fair, accessible and sustainable as possible. Please see our Member Terms for full details.