The Minneapolis Toy Library loves getting gently used toys as donations. Please read the following before donating.  We are a small volunteer team, so it’s important that the toy donations are appropriate for our use.  Thank you.

Donation criteria

  • Gently used, like-new condition
  • Appropriate for ages 0-5 years old
  • Preference for toys that encourage learning
  • Wooden toys and/or non-toxic materials
  • Must have all the pieces that are required for the toy/game to work

Currently the MTL cannot accept:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys that are broken
  • Toys that have corroded battery parts
  • Baby items like play mats, bouncy chairs, walkers, or door swing/outside swings
  • Children’s books
  • Toys that have been recalled for safety issues
  • Large outdoor playhouses (we do accept small outdoor/indoor toys such as slides, small trampolines, and trikes)

*If there is something that we can not use in our library we will either give it to a second hand store.  If it is something that may not be good enough for resale or use we will try to find a way to repurpose the item or put it into recycling if possible.  We work hard on creating very little toy waste that goes to the landfill!

How to donate toys

  • You are welcome to donate toys at our space during lending events.
  • Alternatively, you can drop off at a residence in S. Mpls or St. Paul – please email for this address.
  • If you’d prefer to have your toys picked up, we can do that also, just let us know!

Other needs

  • Translators of common languages to help us reach more communities in Minneapolis.
  • Special skill or talent:  graphic designer, photography, social media expert, etc!