FAQs

Where is the Toy Library?
The toy library is located underneath Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. To find us come through the cathedral car park which can be accessed from Brighton Road. Come through the larger car park to a smaller car park and you will see the ramp and toy library sign on your right hand side in the cathedral basement.

When is the library open?
We have three sessions per week: Monday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 11.30am. We close for public holidays and the Christmas/New Year break but details of these are always detailed on the Opening Hours page.

Do I have to be local to join?
You do not have to live in Parnell to join the toy library. We have members from all over Auckland.

How much does it cost?
It costs $90 per year for a Duty Member and $170 for a Non-Duty Member. There is a one-off joining fee of $20. There are no lending fees (with the exception of DVDs that are $2 each). We do charge fees for late returns and breakages. We also have a bouncy castle that can be hired for $60 per day with a refundable bond of $100.

How do I join the library?
You can join now – there is no waiting list. You can do it by just popping into the library when it’s open, filling out a membership form and paying the membership and joining fee in cash or by cheque. Our librarian will talk you through how the library works and where you can find the various toys.

What is the difference between a Duty and Non-Duty Member
Duty members help out at the library in exchange for a reduced subscription. As a duty member you are required to do four duties per year. All members are expected to help out with fund raising activities.

What do you have to do for duty?
You help check in the toys – counting the pieces with the member returning the toys to check they’re all there and are clean and undamaged. It is a great opportunity to see the popular toys that don’t stay on the shelf for long and the new toys added to the library.  See more detailed information here.

Who runs the library?
The library is run by the members. We are not a council or government organisation or a private company – we are a group of parents working together to benefit our children. Each year, the members elect a committee to look after the day-to-day running of the library. Volunteer/s help the paid librarian during the library sessions.

How does it work?
It works just like a regular book library except you borrow toys instead of books. Once a fortnight you head down to the library, choose some toys and get them issued by the librarian. Your kids play with them for a fortnight and then you return them to the library and borrow some more. Just as you need to take a bit of extra care with books you’ve borrowed from the library you need to look after the toys: Make sure you keep track of all the pieces, don’t leave toys outside in the rain or where they might be stolen, ensure your children don’t misuse or break the toys and finally clean and dry the toys before you return them.  For tips on cleaning toys look here.

What toys does the library have?
The library has about 1500 toys. We have ride ons and trikes, lego and duplo, Thomas train sets, board games and jigsaws, fancy dress costumes, trucks and cars, dolls houses and role playing toys like kitchens, sporting equipment, musical instruments, baby toys, water play toys.

How many toys can I borrow?
You can borrow 4 toys + 2 puzzles + 2 CD & book sets. You can also hire DVDs in addition to your toy allowance. DVDs are hired at one for $2, or 3 for $5. There are also prepaid cards you can buy for $20.

How can I pay my subscription
We can only accept cash or cheque. Sorry no eftpos or credit cards.

I’m having a birthday party – can I reserve some toys?
Yes, you can reserve toys for a birthday party or even just to get hold of one of the really popular toys. Speak to the librarian to arrange this.

I’ve changed my address, name or email address. Who do I tell?
Please ask the librarian to update your details when you’re at the library.

I put my name down for a duty but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Think carefully and check your diary before putting your name down on the roster. You can swap with a member (but you are responsible if they don’t turn up and you will be fined). If you are unable to swap with a member you can send a friend or family member as a replacement volunteer.

You can also tell the librarian (at least one week in advance) you are unable to do it and pay $25.00 towards a reliever who can do that day.

If you do not tell the Librarian or arrange a suitable replacement you will be fined $50.00