Banyule Toy Library

Conditions of Membership



To become a member of the Banyule Toy Library it is important that you understand the rules and responsibilities of the library.



Membership is for 12 months from the day you join and pay your fee. The membership fee is non-refundable.


Membership shall be forfeited if:


If fines are not paid within one month of them falling due.

If excessive damage is done to toys or to our premises.

If the duty requirement is not met and you have opted for the 3 duties membership.


If you cease using the toy library during the course of your membership, please let us know so we can adjust our records.



Opening hours

The library is open :
Monday mornings : 9.45 to 11.00am
Monday evenings :  7:30 to 8:30pm
Saturday afternoons : 3.15 to 4.45pm
Sunday afternoons : 3.15 to 4.45pm

Please allow yourself enough time to complete your borrowings during these times.

The library is closed on public holidays, the entire Easter Weekend and on the Monday preceding the Melbourne Cup holiday. It is also closed during the Summer School Holidays.



There are three different types of membership:

Membership with 3 duties


Concession (Health care cardholders only)


Membership with no duties


Concession (Health care cardholders only)

Short Term Membership with no duties




Borrowing guidelines

5 toys per membership can be borrowed at any one time


Toys can be borrowed for a period of three weeks, although you are welcome to change them weekly.
Loans can be renewed once only. You may do this at the toy library, or by renewing them yourself via our online catalogue

Select your items, remembering to choose items which are age/ability appropriate for your child/ren.

Toy responsibility

We want the children to have fun and enjoy the toy library toys; however members are responsible for the toys they borrow. This includes but is not limited to the correct use of the toy, the age of the child playing with the toy, taking care with small parts, magnets, and taking care to ensure toys aren’t left outside in the elements. We understand that sometimes accidents do happen, and if a toy is damaged, lost or pieces lost by a member, small fines apply.

Returning toys

All toys must be returned clean (see the Toy cleaning information section). This not only helps prolong the life of the toys, it means you will not open up the items that you have borrowed to find them covered with sticky finger prints or filled with sand. Count and check your items before you leave home. All bags, boxes, instructions etc. must be returned.

When you arrive at the library return your toys to the member on duty and they will count the pieces of your toys. We will let you know if we discover missing/broken pieces.



Fines need to be paid before more toys can be borrowed. If the fines reach $20, membership will be suspended until the fine is cleared. The Co-ordinator has the discretion to waive fines up to $20 but only in exceptional circumstances. The committee reserves the right to suspend or withdraw membership in the event of significant unpaid fines or consistent periods of lengthy overdue loans.


Overdue toys

Fines are payable for late return of toys:

Late return of toys: $1 per toy per week

Overdue fines can be avoided by renewing toys using our online toy catalogue and member portal.

Missing pieces

For all children to fully enjoy the toys, the toys need to be returned in the condition that they were borrowed and with all pieces intact. Each toy bag has a detailed list of contents, and members need to check that all pieces are there when its returned.

$2 per piece, for minor missing pieces which is refundable if the missing piece is found.

$5 per piece (refundable) for an integral piece that makes the toy unusable or significantly reduces its play value, with the right to charge more on a case by case basis.

$3 for a missing Raeco bag.

If the toy is unusable on return because there are many missing parts, there may be an additional charge.

Damaged toys

Sometimes accidents do happen, and if a toy is damaged by a member, it may need to be removed from the Banyule Toy Library. A small fine may be charged, each damaged toy will be assessed individually.


Member roster duty

The toy library can only run with the support of member volunteers and we value the contribution they make. To keep our membership cost low, members are required to volunteer in the toy library for a minimum of 3 sessions or its equivalent (e.g. participating in stock-take, helping out at the Bunnings BBQ or being a member of the committee).

Signing up for a roster duty is done via the member’s login of Mibase, our online catalogue. Duty involves checking returned toys against the inventory list on the toy’s bag and cleaning toys. It is easy and only takes a few hours of your time.

The first volunteer session needs to be completed within three months of joining the toy library. Members are welcome to bring their own children to the toy library during roster duty sessions.

Cleaning toys

Toys need to be returned clean, nobody likes to borrow toys which are dirty. Plus it is now a government requirement in line with COVID safety guidelines.


Baby rattles

Please do not immerse these toys in water. Sometimes water gets in and cannot be removed, and the rattle will no longer work. Rinse baby toys well of all soap detergent, or use bicarb of soda.


Wooden Toys

Please do not soak wooden toys. Wash well with a damp cloth and pat dry. For wooden train sets, scrub well with a toothbrush and hot soapy water.


Duplo and construction sets

Wash well with toothbrush and hot soapy water. Rinse and leave to drain overnight on a tea towel. A hairdryer is handy, but ensure it is not too hot.

Bath toys

Even though bath toys get wet by nature, they still need to be cleaned – and a thorough clean at that! Use a grease removing formula and a little disinfectant as well.


Outdoor/Sandpit toys

These must be well cleaned as most are used inside as well. Immerse in laundry tub. To remove all sand, keep rinsing under running water.



Must be cleaned despite being outside toys. Please do not leave outside overnight, in the rain, or in the hot sun, as their colour will deteriorate very quickly.


Dress ups

Please wash the clothes, and allow time to dry.


Wooden puzzles

Wipe over all wooden puzzles with a hot, soapy, damp (not wet) cloth.


Board games and cardboard puzzles

Wipe over with a hot, damp (not wet) cloth, cleaning all pieces.


Get more involved in the Toy Library

Are you interested in helping with:

Toy Purchasing

Fundraising and Events

Marketing and Communications

Administration and Finances

Organising Volunteer Rosters

Grant Applications

Website and IT Support

The Banyule Toy Library is managed by a voluntary member committee, elected annually. We always welcome new committee members and have a number of short and long term projects and positions available. You don’t need any particular experience to be a valuable committee member, just a willingness to participate and take an interest in the future direction of the Banyule Toy Library. Working on the Committee is both rewarding and enjoyable, and offers all members a chance to have input to how the Banyule Toy Library operates.

All committee meetings are open to members and you are most welcome to join us.

If you are interested in joining the committee and would like more details, please speak to one of the Coordinators during a session or email us.



The Banyule Toy Library ("Provider") is pleased to make bicycles, balance bikes and scooters available to subscribers ("the Service").

As a subscriber to the Service you acknowledge that there are dangers and risks inherent with bicycle and scooter riding ("the Activity") to which any child under your supervision ("Your Child") may be exposed.

The Provider is not responsible for providing protective clothing or bicycle helmets and it is your responsbility to ensure that Your Child wears a helmet at all times and is otherwise appropriately attired when participating in the Activity.  You agree that Your Child will participate in the Activity at your own risk.  You also agree to voluntarily assume responsibility for supervising the Activity and any injury, death or property damage you or Your Child may suffer or cause as a result of participating in the Activity.

To the maximum extent possible at law, you (both in your personal capacity and on behalf of Your Child) agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Provider and its respective officers, employees, servants, agents and contractors (the "Indemnified Persons") against all actions, claims, suits, costs, expenses, demands and damages suffered or incurred by the Indemnified Persons or any one or more of them by reason of, or in respect of, or in any manner whatsoever arising out of, or caused by, your use of the Service or Your Child’s participation in the Activity.

You agree that you are subscribing to the Service on the express condition that the Provider:

  1. a) will, under no circumstances be liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any death, loss, accident, damage or injury to you, Your Child or any of your servants, agents, contractors, visitors, or invitees or any other person whatsoever (“Related Party”) which may happen as a result of your use of the Service or Your Child participating in the Activity; and
  2. b) will not incur or be under any liability whatsoever to you, Your Child, or to any Related Party for any loss, damage, or injury to or in respect of any of your property or of any Related Party’s property.

The provider is not liable to you, Your Child or any Related Party in respect of any indirect or consequential loss. For avoidance of doubt, ‘consequential loss’ means loss or damage arising from a breach of contract, tort (including negligence), under statute or any other basis in law or equity of an indirect or consequential nature including, but without limitation, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss or denial of opportunity, loss of goodwill, loss of business reputation, future reputation or publicity, damage to credit rating and indirect, remote, abnormal or unforeseeable loss, or any similar loss whether or not in the reasonable contemplation of the parties.