Memberships

Membership options

4 Toy Membership

Borrow up to 4 toys at a time
12 month membership
1 volunteer session required per term
Borrow toys for 28 days
20% discount for concession card holders
$70

8 Toy Membership

Borrow up to 8 toys at a time
12 month membership
1 volunteer session required per term
Borrow toys for 28 days
20% discount for concession card holders
$95

4 Toy Membership

No volunteering

Borrow up to 4 toys at a time
12 month membership
Volunteering not required
Borrow toys for 28 days
20% discount for concession card holders
$170

8 Toy Membership

No volunteering

Borrow up to 8 toys at a time
12 month membership
Volunteering not required
Borrow toys for 28 days
20% discount for concession card holders
$195

Membership FAQs

Yes!   We operate as one toy library with two locations.  Toys can be borrowed and/or returned to either branch.  You can also do your nominated volunteering at either branch.

Yes, your volunteer duty can be completed at either Mt Evelyn or Montrose. To nominate yourself for your duty log in to your member portal and go to the calendars to choose a suitable session.

Many people assume that we are funded by the government, the same as the public book libraries.  However, we are not affiliated with any government and do not receive any core funding from anywhere.  We are a community-run non-profit that is operated solely by our member volunteers.   In addition to the usual running costs like rent and electricity, we have no core funding to pay for new toys, replace old and broken toys, pay for marketing, flyers or even cleaning supplies!   Your member fees are necessary to keep us operating, but we try to keep them as low as possible.

No!   We are an independent community non-profit that is not affiliated with any level of government.   We do not receive any core funding from anywhere.   Both of our toy libraries are located in Council-owned buildings that we lease from the Council.   We also sometimes receive community grants from the Council to run a specific program or for other specified purposes that we acquit that funding against.  All of our ongoing running costs such as rent, electricity, marketing, staffing, new toys, toy storage etc are funded either from member fees or from grants that our volunteer committee applies for. 

Most toy libraries, including ours, require their members to volunteer as part of their membership.   Without members volunteering, we would rely on a handful of committee members (also volunteers) who would have to open each and every session for the toy library in addition to all the work they do behind the scenes.   At 5 sessions a week, you can see how that might quickly become impossible and the toy library would close!  In fact, many toy libraries have closed for exactly that reason!   By requiring members to volunteer, we are able to keep fees lower and spread the load of opening the toy library for every session.   This also helps ensure that people using the toy library act as part of a community of members, as opposed to consumers of a service that is provided for them.  We are all equally responsible for the operation of the toy library and therefore we all have a vested interest in being good community members.  

Recently, we have introduced a non-duty toy library membership for an additional $100 per year.   This extra fee helps offset the cost of a paid coordinator who basically “takes the place” of that lost volunteer to run the toy library.   Our hope is that this membership option opens up the toy library to families who otherwise might not participate. 

Around 90% of our members choose to pay the lower fee and volunteer once per term.

We know it can be scary to consider volunteering at first, but it’s one of the best parts of being a toy library member!   We always pair new member/volunteers with a more experienced member for their first 4-5 duties with us at the toy library.   Duties aren’t onerous – you might help set up and pack up, count toys, greet members, use the online system or tidy the toy library collection.    Members are welcome to bring their kids to their volunteer session so long as they are also able to help out while the kids are present.    We always have 2-3 volunteers on at a time, including one more experienced person and usually a couple of newer members.  Volunteering is a great way to see new toys in the collection, get to know other members, and have a longer browse of the collection.    

We understand that all of our members are parents with kids and that life happens!   We encourage all members to choose their own volunteer session so that it can fit in with their schedule.   If you realise you won’t be able to make a session more than a week in advance, please nominate yourself for a different session through SETLS and contact Hannah on roster@yarrarangestoylibraries.com.au who will be able to remove you from the original session.   If you have a last-minute emergency that means you can’t arrive for your session, please post to the Facebook group or message us on our Facebook page where a committee member can respond.  For absolute last minute emergencies (sick kids with gastro!) you can contact Erica or another committee member by phone using the phone number provided in your confirmation communication.   

Members who just don’t show up to a session mean that we can’t open the toy library that day causing disappointment and frustration for members who show up to borrow.   In this case, you may be charged a no-show fee and have your membership suspended until you nominate for a new duty.   Again, we understand that life happens – work with us and we will find a solution!

Log into your SETLS account (details in your member welcome email) to see what toys you have borrowed, their due dates and to renew any toys you need to.  Toys can be renewed a maximum of once for an extra 4 weeks.

Gift Membership

  • 6 month membership
  • Access to borrowing and returning toys at both Mt Evelyn and Montrose locations
  • Entitles the recipient to borrow 4 toys each time they come in to visit
  • Each toy can be borrowed for 28 days
  • No duty required

$100

Terms and Conditions.
Please ensure you are familiar with our Terms and Conditions and our Helmet Waiver for your membership.