Membership options

Membership is available to all families, childminders, careers, and nonprofit groups in and around the London Borough of Lewisham. Below are our prices.

You are welcome to come to visit us and explore our toys before you sign up for a membership.

Single child

Standard
6 months
5 toys, including 1 large item
£17
Standard
1 year
5 toys, including 1 large item
£30

Siblings

Sibling
6 months
8 toys, including 2 large items
£22
Sibling
1 year
8 toys, including 2 large items
£40

Income support

Income support, standard
1 year
5 toys, including 1 large item
£6
Income support, sibling
1 year
8 toys, including 2 large items
£10

Organisations

Childminders
1 year
8 toys, including 2 large item
£25
Organisations
1 year
12 toys, including 4 large items
£62

How to pay for your membership

You can pay for your membership fees in person at the Toy Library, or you can pay here online via PayPal (including by most credit cards).

Please ensure that you give us your name in the box.

Option to add an optional donation on top of their membership.


 

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Membership FAQs

Find out more about how to join, what we need from you and our terms and conditions.

How do I join?

You can join online here, or by visiting us at the Toy Library store in Lewisham Shopping Centre.

What documents will I need?

You will need to produce 2 items of ID to join in person (or when you first use our services if you join online). Acceptable forms of ID include:
Photo ID (1 of these, showing current address if relevant):

  • driver’s license
  • passport

Other acceptable documents (2 of these showing current address):

  • council tax bill
  • utility bill
  • income support notice

If you join as an Income Support, Childminder or Organisation member, you will need to produce proof when you first borrow toys. Childminders should bring in their childminding certificates and organisations should have one named person and bring in the group’s letterhead.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay membership fees via PayPal, who accept most debit and credit cards.

How long can I borrow the toys for?

  • You may borrow 5 items for up to 4 weeks. Only one item of the 5 may be a large item (identified by the prefix ‘L’ in the item identification code).
  • The representative of a member organisation may borrow 12 items for up to 4 weeks. 6 of the items may be large items.
  • You must renew or return items to the Toy Library by closing time on the date due back (or the earliest prior opening date if that date is a public holiday). If you keep items beyond that date, you will be charged a fee at current rates (including for days on which the shop is not open).
  • Unless it has been reserved by another borrower, an item may be renewed by telephone or email for 2 further periods of 4 weeks without being produced at the library. If you still require the item after that, you must bring it to the library to be re-issued.

What happens if I lose or break the toys?

Toys with missing parts

We will not accept a returned item with missing parts. We ask that you check toys before you return them. We will grant you an extra two weeks beyond your original 4 weeks to bring back a complete item. After that we will charge a fine at the discretion of the Toy Librarian.

Loss or damage

You are responsible for any loss or damage to items that you have borrowed, and may have to pay the replacement cost of the item or for repair of the item. We understand that children’s toys do occasionally get damaged, and we do not make a charge for minor (cosmetic) damage or ordinary wear and tear. Please report any loss or damage straight away.

Fees

Broken, missing or damaged toys will incur a minimum £5 charge. The amount will be determined based on the age, price and popularity of the toy.

Are there any additional fees?

Broken, missing or damaged toys will incur a minimum £5 charge. The amount will be determined based on the age, price and popularity of the toy.

What are the terms and conditions?

You can view our full terms and conditions here.