About/Frequently asked Questions

About South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library

South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library is a registered Charity that has been loaning toys since 1997. The aim of the service is to provide a wide range of toys for loan to support all aspects of children’s development.

The organisation is managed by a board of trustees who are all volunteers. On a day to day basis the Toy library is run by our Co-ordinator who is supported by local volunteers who help to deliver, clean and maintain the toys.

Who can use the Toy Library?

The Toy Library operates in the Harborough District and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire and can be used by families and play settings.

What kind of toys can we borrow?

There are a wide range of toys that can help children in all areas of their development. We also have a selection of specialist toys and equipment for children with specific disabilities and additional learning needs. The toys are split in to different sections these include:

  • Sensory
  • Physical
  • Games
  • Puzzles and Shape Sorters
  • Cause and Effect
  • Imagination
  • Manipulation
  • Musical
  • Language and Literacy


Membership is open to all organisations, groups or individuals in the Harborough District and the Borough of Oadby and Wigston who are caring for children with additional needs. Our toys can support the development of children withconditions such as autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, hearing and visual impairment, and children who may need extra support with their physical and language development.

How Does It Work?

Unlike a static toy library, we are mobile and are able to deliver the toys out in to the community, including family homes, pre-schools, community groups, nurseries and childminders. This means that members can borrow large specialist toys and that all areas of the district are covered. A pre-arranged rota for toy delivery means that members borrow toys for a period of 4-6 weeks and exchange the toys for new ones at the end of that period.

Is there a cost for using the Toy Library?

No - membership is free but we may ask members to pay for toy replacement if they are lost or broken and we are unable to mend them as we have limited funds.

How Many Toys can I borrow?

Organisations can borrow 4 items per month and families can borrow 2 items.

Terms and Conditions for using the Toy Library

It is each member’s responsibility to:

  • To have the toys ready for collection, in a clean condition
  • To ensure that the toys can be collected on the date arranged

Please note that in loaning the item/s from this Toy Library, this establishment does not accept any responsibility for any accident or injury that may occur due to improper use of such equipment. It is the parent/carer’s responsibility to ensure that children are supervised at all times whilst this equipment is being used.

Additionally, please note that the responsibility for the toys remains with the member whilst in their possession and may have to be paid for if they are broken.