A community-owned resource for families in the City of Yarra and the surrounding areas, the Collingwood Toy Library is a registered charity operated on a non-profit basis and managed by a committee of volunteer members who are elected annually.
Established by a small group of parents in 1992 we now have over 4500 toys that are borrowed by over 600 families!
We encourage positive adult/child interactions and promote the educational value of play for young children from birth to aged 12 and beyond. Borrowing new play materials on a regular basis helps:
meet the changing needs of your child at each stage of development
save money by reducing the need or temptation to buy toys
avoid the clutter associated with owning toys
reduce your carbon footprint
We constantly maintain and replenish our stock of toys and employ a coordinator. These running costs are covered via membership fees, fundraising and grants.
By offering an informal meeting place for local parents with young children in the community, we also aim to foster local friendships and combat social isolation.
Read more about our purpose and the rules that govern how our library is run here.
Meet our coordinator
Amy has a long association with the Toy Library and has worked part time as our coordinator since her children were small. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the toys we stock having catalogued most of them herself. If you need help finding a particular toy, she is the one to ask!
Take a peek inside our library
Busy busy at an activity table
Try before you borrow
So many fun ride ons
Oodles of games for ages 2 to 99+
Imaginative play and dress ups
Toys BIG and small
Baby toys to hone those motor skills
Play can be exhausting!
A big thanks to the Collingwood Football Club,
the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank,
the City of Yarra and Nelson Alexander for their ongoing support