Membership FAQs

Minneapolis Toy Library Membership FAQs

Toy Care

All toys are the responsibility of the member while on loan.  Members are asked to treat the toys and packaging with care and return the toys in their bags/boxes in a clean and dry condition.

What if I can’t find the original packaging the toy came in?

We have plenty of ziplock bags, which is usually what the toys are kept in, but if you can spare one we would greatly appreciate it.

What if a toy is damaged while we are borrowing it?

If the toy is damaged beyond repair we will ask that you either buy a replacement of that toy or pay what it would cost for us to buy it.  If a part is damaged that is determined by a toy library to not affect it’s ability to go back on the shelf, no charge will be required.

What if we lose a piece to the toy?

This varies.  If you lose one Duplo block, most likely this does not affect its return to the shelf.  However, if you have lost a Magna tile or a piece to a puzzle, we will assess a fee or ask you to pay to replace it.  We also allow members to return a toy with the missing piece and continue to look for the lost piece at home. We ask that you keep us informed on the progress of finding it.

How are the toys cleaned?

It is the responsibility of the member to clean the toy before returning it.  Find our cleaning protocol here.

How long can I check out the toys?

Our borrowing period is 2-4 weeks.  Come back to exchange toys as often as you like.  If you’d like to renew an item just tell us when you check in the rest of your toys.  At this time we are not accessing late fees.

Can my child play with the toys while at the toy library?

At this time we ask that children limit the amount of time playing with the toys at the library and keep the materials inside the bags if applicable. We ask that you help your child put the toys back on the correct shelf if they do not choose to take them home.


Who can be a member of the toy library?

You don’t need to live in Minneapolis to have a membership.  Any person over 18 of a family can be a member of the library.

What’s included in a membership?

* A year long membership for access to thousands of toys appropriate for children 0 – 5 years.

* Becoming part of a growing community that cares about their children and the environment.

Are there volunteer opportunities with the toy library?

Yes!  We need volunteers to staff our lending events (open hours).  Sign up here for the South Mpls branch  Sign Up to volunteer at the Northeast branchWe also would love to hear from you if you have a skill that you think the library could benefit from, such as a photographer, woodworker, or social media expert. Talk to a toy librarian to learn more.

If I volunteer, can I get a discount on a year long membership?

Yes!  You can purchase a volunteer membership (either new member or renewing family) for $20.  You need to volunteer at 4 lending events for that membership year – that’s it!