Toys help develop physical, mental and social skills while at the same time allowing the kids to have fun. 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.
Brooklyn Toy Library
Note: serves southern suburbs of Wellington.
Toys Age Range: newborn to around 7 years.
Address: Rear Prefab, Capital Montessori School, 14 Camrose Grove, Kingston, Wellington
Hrs of Operation: Friday 3.15pm to 4.30pm, Saturday 9.00am to 12.00pm
Island Bay Plunket Toy Library
Address: Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023
Hrs of Operation: Saturday 9.30 to 11.30am
Johnsonville Toy Library
Note: over 500 toys.
Toys Age Range: newborn to 5 years.
Address: Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037
Hrs of Operation: Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Saturday 9:30am to 11:30am
Khandallah Plunket Toy Library
Address: 8a Ganges Rd, Khandallah, Wellington 6035
Hrs of Operation: Monday 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 to 11:00 am
Miramar Salvation Army Toy Library
Address: 63 Miramar Ave, Miramar, Wellington 6022
Tel: (04) 388 8284
Hrs of Operation: Tue, Wed, Fri 9am-12pm, Thur 11am-2pm, Sat 10am-12pm
Newlands Toy Library
Note: over 850 toys.
Toys Age Range: from birth to approx 10 years.
Address: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands, Wellington
Hrs of Operation: Saturday 10:30am to 12 noon, Wednesday 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Ngaio Toy Library
Note: over 1,200 toys.
Address: Ngaio Town Hall, 1 Ottawa Rd, Ngaio, Wellington 6035
Tel: 022 122 1399
Hrs of Operation: Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9.30am – 11.30am
Northland Toy Library
Address: St Anne’s Anglican Church Hall, Cnr Randwick and Northland Rd, Wellington
Tel: +644976 8561
Hrs of Operation: Saturday 9:30AM – 11:45AM
Tawa & Linden Plunket Toy Library
Toys Age Range: from newborn to five years of age.
Address: 2 Linden Ave, Tawa, Wellington 5028
Tel: 021 058 0037
Hrs of Operation: Saturdays 1 to 2.30pm
Karori Community Toy Library
Toys Age Range: birth–7 years old.
Address: Karori Community Centre, Level 1/7A Beauchamp Street, Karori, Wellington 6012
Tel: +64 4-476 9355
Hrs of Operation: Tuesday 12.30–2.30pm, Wednesday 7.30–9.00pm, Thursday 9.30–11.30am, Saturday 9.00am–12.00pm
Wadestown Toy Library
Note: over 1000 toys.
Address: Wadestown Community Centre, 46 Pitt St, Wadestown, Wellington 6012
Tel: 021 0864 2937
Hrs of Operation: Saturdays 10am to 12pm