Newcastle Toy & Leisure Library

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Family Toy Loan


Completing the Quality Assurance Award has provided a great opportunity to re-evaluate this service and look at ways of providing a more user friendly approach.  As a result the service has been streamlined to provide more good quality toys and equipment. The presentation and signage has also been improved considerably especially with the introduction of our new assorted toy bags with our own logo.  

Once again this year, Children in Need funding has been an invaluable contribution to this part of the service.  As always, special consideration is taken to source new and relevant sensory and switch-adapted toys.  These changes have naturally seen an increase in toy loans and the feedback has all been very positive from our families.

We still currently have over 100 members on our database which also include groups, such as the Child Development Centre at the RVI and Bridgewater Community Nursery, Stepping Stones Nursery (Thomas Bewick School).

We have continued to work closely with other professionals, such as health visitors, physiotherapist and specialist community play workers.


Membership Guidelines

• There is no charge to families for the loan of toys and equipment.

Where are we?

• Most of our toys are stored at the Newcastle Toy Library office at Hadrian School, Bertram Crescent.  Free parking is available in visitors car park.

How can I borrow?

• You can ring the office on 0191 238 6303  or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make an appointment 

• Speak to a family worker during a toy library session. 

What sort of toy & equipment can I borrow?

Categories available:

• Specialist Toys (including switch & sensory)

• Cause & Effect

• Imaginative

• Sensory Toy & Equipment

• Stacking Toys

• Construction

• Transport

• Puzzle/Jigsaws

• Board Games

Loan Conditions

• Each toy will be coded.

• Each child can borrow up to 2 toys for up to 4 weeks.

• Popular toys can be reserved.

• Please take care of toys including any packaging, box or bag.

Broken Toys

• Sometimes toys are accidentally damaged or small pieces go missing. Don’t worry, just let us know.

• Do bring back all toys, including broken toys and their parts.


• Please return all toys loaned on time but if you can’t please let us know in case anyone has reserved that toy.

• If you have difficulties returning any toys/equipment then please contact us to arrange collection.

Toy Safety

• We ensure that all toys will be in good condition and have a full set of instructions where appropriate.

• For safety reasons please ensure that toys borrowed are for your child’s personal use.

• Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury or damage caused by or arising from any misuse of any toys or equipment.