Welcome to South Bristol Toy Library

Want a great selection of toys for your children? Do they get bored of toys quickly? Running out of space to store them all? Want to save money? Looking for a great local play activity? Want to promote reuse? 

South Bristol Toy Library is a small, volunteer run local charity and a brilliant resource for children, parents and carers in South Bristol. We encourage free play, the sharing and reuse of toys and aim to support the development of children from all backgrounds.

Become a member to borrow from a wide variety of toys, saving money, space and reducing waste at the same time! 

South Bristol Toy Library Statement – March 2019

Thank you for supporting South Bristol Toy Library.
The library is a charity and is run entirely by volunteers with occasional help from freelancers. We have around 20 volunteers who help us run sessions and 8 people on our management committee. We have been running the library since March 2016 and have had around 130 members.
The aim of the library has always been to create affordable play opportunities for all children and their parents in South Bristol. Now we have been running for three years and need to reassess our future as the library is currently running at a financial loss – we often don’t make enough money at each session to cover the cost of the hall hire and other operating expenses such as insurance and internet.
In order to try to make the library sustainable we are taking the following action:
      1. Charging non members £1 per child to come and play at sessions
      1. In talks with other local organisations about potential partnerships to keep the toy library from closing.
    1. From 1 June we will be stopping Tuesday sessions and will only run on alternate Saturdays for the foreseeable future.

Membership of the toy library includes free play sessions, free access to arts and crafts sessions, and refreshments.

Stripe payments must now be a minimum of £5

We would like to say a big thank you to all our members and volunteers who have supported us so far. If you have questions please get in touch at [email protected]

Come along to one of our sessions to find out more.  From our base at URC Hall, West Street/Stanley Street South in Bedminster, our amazing volunteers run toy library sessions on fortnightly Saturday mornings. These friendly sessions are where members borrow and return items, play with and try out different toys and meet with friends old and new.

View our fabulous selection of toys here via our online Lend Engine.

Fancy becoming a member? Find out more about what we do and how the toy library works, along with the benefits of our affordable membership and toy hire. 

Take a look at our FAQs for further information.

Think this sounds like a great idea? Interested in reuse and play? Want to feel part of the community? Volunteer with us!

South Bristol Toy Library relies on volunteers to run and we are always keen to welcome new people to our team. At the moment we are particularly looking for volunteers to lead our toy library sessions and to help out at our toy library sessions.

If you are interested in joining our team, please let us have your details here. We will be in touch to answer any questions and explain the next steps. More information about volunteering with us can be found here.

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