Parents, grandparents, carers and now professionals are all welcome to become a member of the Kingston Toy Library. Join online or come into the toy library.


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Why join a toy library

  • Save money on toys & parties
  • Try toys before you buy them
  • Save storage & floor space
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Access to quality toys appropriate for all children’s developmental needs
  • Enjoy meeting other families from your local community.

Get to know your local toy library

If you are interested in joining the toy library and would like to visit first, please pop in during our opening hours. Weekdays are quieter and will give you more time to chat with our coordinator.

Membership types/fees

There are three types of membership based on the number of toys borrowed each three weeks.

Membership Borrowing limit Full fee/yr Concession fee/yr* Duty levy/yr**
Bronze 3 $70 $40 $60
Silver 5 $80 $50 $60
Gold 8 $90 $60 $60

*Concession is valid with govt concession card.

**If all six hours of duty are completed during the year, duty levy is refunded in full, or can be rolled over to the following year’s membership.

N.B. Fees are correct as of 1st July 2017


Membership fees can be paid in the toy library by:

  • Bank transfer details (provided on the day)
  • EFTPOS/Credit card* (Debit/ Bankcard, Visa and MasterCard) with surcharge of 1.5%

If you or someone you know can’t afford this please speak to our coordinator about alternative payment options.

There are fines for overdue toys, missing pieces and damaged toys. See the KTL Handbook for more information.

Baby bonus

Parents who join before their first child is six months can get six month’s free membership (get an 18-month membership for the cost of an annual membership).

Grandparents and carers membership

We understand that not just parents are involved in caring for children. We offer memberships for grandparents and careers too. Please come in and speak with our coordinator or email us to learn more.

Short term membership

We now offer short term memberships for families who are only living in the area for a limited time or are wanting try out before committing. We offer a concession rate when a government concession card is provided. Speak to the coordinator to find out more or email now.

Professional membership

We are now accepting professional membership for family day care, nannies, occupational therapists,  speech therapists, physiotherapists,  early intervention services,

The price is $120 annual fee and a $100 refundable bond.

  • 4 weeks loan period
  • 8 toy borrowing limit with max 3 large toys
  • no duty required
  • Abide by all our membership rules

 Gift vouchers

Not sure what to give? We have just the thing, a voucher to the Kingston Toy Library. Enquire at the toy library or send us an email.

Borrowing toys

The number of toys borrowed depends on your membership type (see ‘membership types’ above). Toys can be borrowed for a maximum of three weeks at a time and can be renewed once for two weeks, with one week’s grace period for late returns.

Members are responsible for the toys they borrow, this includes:

  • correct use of toys
  • choosing age-appropriate toys
  • Taking care with small parts & magnets
  • Not leaving toys outside in the elements
  • Cleaning toys before returning

There are no restrictions on the types of toys you can borrow. We understand how children play and that sometimes they don’t share their adventures with you, if a toy is returned incomplete we give you the option to renew the toy for some extra time to search for the pieces. After this time if you have still not been able to locate the piece a fee will be charged and is refundable when the missing piece is returned.

Member duty

The toy library can only run with the support of member volunteers. Volunteering also keeps membership fees low.

Members do six hours of volunteer duty a year. You can nominate which days suit you. Duty involves checking returned toys against the inventory list on the toy’s bag, cleaning toys and putting the toys back on the shelves. It is easy and only takes a few hours of your time. It’s a great way to meet other toy library members and to see the full range of our toys!

The first volunteer session is encouraged to be completed within three months of joining the toy library. Members can bring their children to the toy library during roster duty sessions.

Roster duty opt-out

A limited number of members can choose to pay duty levy as a non-refundable payment and opt out of doing roster duty. Please indicate on your application if you would like to opt-out of roster duty. We’ll let you know if your opt-out has been accepted when your membership application is processed.

Duty levy

Members pay an $60 duty levy which is refunded in full when all six hours of duty are completed during the membership year. Renewing members can roll their duty levy over to the following year’s membership. For members who complete less than six hours of duty, duty levy is refunded at $10 per hour of completed duty.


There are fines for overdue toys, missing pieces and damaged toys. Most will be no more than $3, how it may be more depending on the piece. Fines for missing pieces are refunded if the missing piece(s) is returned.

Get more involved in the toy library

Are you interested in helping with:

  • toy purchasing and donation drives
  • fundraising and events
  • marketing and communications
  • distributing posters and doing talks at Maternal Health Centres
  • administration and finance
  • organising volunteer rosters
  • grant applications
  • website and IT support

The Kingston Toy Library is managed by a voluntary member committee, elected annually. We always welcome new committee members and have a number of short and long term projects and positions available. You don’t need any particular experience to be a valuable committee member, just a willingness to participate and take an interest in the future direction of the Kingston Toy Library. Working on the committee is both rewarding and enjoyable, and offers all members a chance to have input to how the toy library operates. Read more about the committee on the committee page.

All committee meetings are open to members and you are most welcome to join us.

If you are interested in joining the committee and would like more details, please contact us.

Member’s handbook

All members receive a hard copy of the KTL Member’s Handbook.