Each family may only belong to one Toy Library at any one time. These libraries are not for profit organisations run by members and allow patrons to borrow both large and small indoor and outdoor toys, puzzles, games and learning activities generally for a two week period. Toy Libraries provide access to quality toys for a small annual membership fee and an opportunity to meet other families in the community. Many Toy Libraries also provide Bouncy Castles for hire.
Waimairi Toy Library
Note: One of the biggest Toy Libraries in Christchurch (has over 2000 toys).
Toys Age Range: 0-8 years.
Address: Room 4, Burnside Primary School, 96 Memorial Ave, Burnside, Christchurch
Tel: 022 451 7886
Hrs of Operation: Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8.30pm, Saturdays from 9.30am to 11.30am
Shirley Toy Library
Note: One of NZ’s biggest Toy Libraries.
Toys Age Range: from 6 months to 8 years.
Address: Hammersley Park School, Amos Place, Shirley, Christchurch
Tel: 03 420 5455 (Free call within Christchurch)
Hrs of Operation: Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am, 6.30 to 7.30pm (Oct – March only), Saturday 9am to 1pm
Christchurch South Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from birth to 8 years.
Address: Spreydon School, 2 Halswell Road, Spreydon, Christchurch
Tel: 027 714 1335
Hrs of Operation: Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm, Saturday 9am – 11.30am
Opawa / St Martins Plunket Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from 0-10 years.
Address: 65 Sandwich Road, Beckenham, Christchurch 8023 (South Christchurch)
Tel: 020 40247926
Hrs of Operation: Tuesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 9.30am to 11.30am, Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm
Church Corner Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from 0 to 8 yrs.
Address: Sir John McKenzie Memorial building, 393 Riccarton Road, Upper Riccarton (next to Countdown Church Corner), Christchurch 8041
Tel: 027 358 3259
Hrs of Operation: Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm, Saturdays 9.30am to 12pm
Pegasus Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from infant to 6 years.
Address: Parklands Community Centre, 75 Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch
Tel: 021 08609204
Hrs of Operation: Wednesday 10am to 11.30am, Saturday 10am to 12pm
Papanui Toy Library
Note: hundreds of toys.
Toys Age Range: 0 – 5+ years.
Address: 472 Cranford Street, Redwood, Christchurch 8051
Tel: 03 352 0579
Hrs of Operation: Saturday 10am to 12pm, Wednesdays 7pm to 8:45 pm
Seaside Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from 0-7 years.
Address: St Luke’s Church, 212 Pine Ave, South New Brighton, Christchurch 8062
Hrs of Operation: every second Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30am