Membership Membership is open to residents of the City of Greater Bendigo. The Toy Library also offers casual borrowing to grandparents with visiting grandchildren. The Library caters only for children from birth to school age.
Annual Fees Small family (can borrow 3 items at a time) $40 ($35 conc.) Large family (can borrow 6 items at a time) $55 ($45 conc.)
Members can choose if they would like to have a large or small family membership regardless of how many children they have. If a member is joining before their baby is 8mths old, they will receive 18mths membership for the price of 12 mths.
Committee members receive a 20% discount on annual fees.
Roster Levy As a member of the Toy Library you are required to volunteer at duty sessions up to four times a year. Alternatively you can choose not to volunteer by paying a Roster Levy of $50 per year in addition to your membership fees.
Hours of opening: Monday 9:30-11.00 am (Long Gully Campus) from 7 May 2018 Tuesday 9:30-11.00 am (Spring Gully Campus) Thursday 9:30-11.00 am (Spring Gully Campus) Friday 9:30-11.00 am (Long Gully Campus) from 7 May 2018 Saturday 9:30-11.30 am (Spring Gully Campus)
Items and Loan Period Each child is entitled to borrow 3 items, for a maximum of 3 weeks. This can be flexible and is at the discretion of the committee member on duty.
Fines A fine of $2.00 will be imposed for each session that toys are overdue ($6/week). When toys have been overdue by 2 weeks, a committee member will phone member and ask for the toys to be returned. If the toys are still not returned within another 2 weeks, a committee member may collect overdue toys from the member’s home.
Overdue Toys Members who cannot return toys by the due date should telephone the Toy Library at anytime and either: speak to someone if the phone is answered or leave your details and request on the answering machine. The borrowing period for these particular toys will be extended once only by a period of 3 weeks.
Counting Pieces Once a toy is borrowed it is your responsibility. Thoroughly check the toy before leaving the library, and count all the pieces. If pieces are missing and are not noted at the time of borrowing, you may be liable.
Party Packs The Toy Library has party packs for different ages which are available for members to borrow for $10.00. You will need to book in advance. The party packs can be borrowed during the session prior to you requiring it and returned in a clean condition in the session after you have used it. There are also two tressle tables, and two sets of children’s tables and chairs (comprising of two tables and 8 chairs) available for use to take with a party pack.
Lost Pieces a fine of $2.00 is charged for each lost piece (or sum negotiated by committee member if replacement exceeds this). The fine is refunded to member if and when the piece is found and returned.
Lost Toys Members are required to pay the replacement value for whole toys that are lost. One months grace will be given to locate the toy.
Damaged Toys We realise toys will be broken through reasonable/expected wear and tear. Should a toy be broken while in your care, please report it.
Care of Toys
We expect members to treat Toy Library Toys with all reasonable care. Please return the toys in their containers or bags. We strongly suggest Toy Library toys are kept separate from your own toys and packed away after each use to avoid loss or damage.
No toys should be left outside, this includes slides, climbing frames and cars.
All toys and containers must be returned in a clean condition and a Committee person reserves the right to insist the toys to be cleaned by the member on the spot or taken away to be cleaned and returned on the next opening session.
The Toy Library is run by it’s members. It is condition of membership to do duties. This is the only way the Library is able to operate. General Members will ALWAYS be rostered on with a Committee person. You will be asked to nominate a preferred day to do duty and the roster is always printed in the newsletter. Newsletters are available at the Toy Library. It is your responsibility to know when you are rostered on to do duty. If you are unable to do your rostered duty it is your responsibility to try and contact someone else on the roster to swap with you. If you are unable to swap, let the committee member on duty with you know. The committee person is always the first name on each day.
Members are also required to be rostered on to do the annual stocktake during the shut down period just before Christmas, in mid December.
An alternative for families who are not able to commit to this requirement is to pay a $50 roster levy in addition to membership fees.
A child is eligible if he/she is of pre-school age at the time of membership payment. Thus, the child may borrow into the prep year, until the end of membership.
If you have any complaints, problems or comments/ suggestions, you should direct these to the committee member on duty or to the President.
We aim to make the Bendigo Community Toy Library a friendly and pleasant place. So please be involved at whatever level you can. Remember we are always looking for NEW committee members. Please enjoy the wide range of toys available to your children and enjoy seeing them grow, learn and develop with the help of the toys, games and puzzles from the Bendigo Community Toy Library.