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The Halswell Toy Library Inc (HTL) is a non-profit community service run by a voluntary committee, providing good quality toys for hire (6 months - 10 years old).

We aim to provide families with durable, sustainable toys and resources to encourage learning through play.


As the Toy Library is a community organisation we really appreciate when families sign up as contributing members.

We would not exist without the help of volunteers on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Volunteering is also a great way to become familiar with all the toys we have and meet other families in the community.

See below for more details:

  1. DUTY MEMBERSHIP $60 - Helping out the library for 7 hours during the year, doing roles such as counting & returning toys, meeting other caregivers.
  2. NON-DUTY MEMBERSHIP $120 - Full membership with Halswell Toy Library without being placed in the duty roster.
  3. GRANDPARENT MEMBERSHIP $10 - Limited to 3 visits.

  4. Sign up for 12, 6 or 3 months  Ask our friendly librarians on sign up.

Opening Hours:

Saturday Mornings: 9am - 12pm

Wednesday Nights: 7:00pm - 8:00pm


People usually join for all sorts of reasons but the most common is that there is a huge variety of fun toys for different ages that make both the kids and the parents smile. Its a great way to learn something new at a very little expense.

The toys range in prices from $0.50 to $2 which you get to enjoy for 2 weeks before it needs to be returned or extended for longer use.

When you come in for duty, you help out the librarian by taking in the returned toys, counting and checking them for damage and returning them to the shelves (a great way to find toys you didn't know where there). If it's quiet then a bit of a tidy up can never go amiss but a good ol yarn is great too.

Feel free to bring your children along for the duty roll if you feel that they can be entertained for the duration of the roll.

Give us a call and we can see what can be done to fix or replace the item.

There is a fee for a week by week basis on overdue toys that can be paid upon returning of said toy.

The prices for membership either Duty or Non-Duty start from the date you purchase them and continue for the time period purchased. Contact us to find out more details



The Halswell Toy Library has been helped out by lovely people in the past
but here's a few of the current members of committee. If you are wanting to go the extra mile
and join our committee, please get in contact with us! We always love the help.

Gemma Wistrand


Claire Harley


Gemma Pepper



Vice President

Jo Gilbert

Marketing and Te Reo Māori Advisor

Emily Close

Fundraising Coordinator and Health and Safety Officer

Yasmin Yousef

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Suzanne Miller



Grants Officer


Education Officer


Gratitudes Officer


Our lovely Librarians are at our Toy Library during opening hours
to help you and your family choose the best toys and resources for you.

Nerida Hill

Head Librarian

Bella Macdonald


Browse Our Toys Online

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Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to contact us

Librarian Phone: 027 453 0870
President Phone: 027 297 2144
Post: PO Box 37138, Halswell, Christchurch 8245
Location: Oaklands School, 37 Cunningham Place, Halswell, Christchurch

Grants & Supporters

A great big thank you to the below companies who have generously given us grants and other support to help keep the Halswell Toy Library running. 


Donations towards stationary and operating equipment.


Financial assistance towards insurance costs.


Funding has assisted with wages and administration costs.


Financial assistance towards wages of librarians.


Annual subscriptions for our emails and website domain.


We are proud to be part of the wide network of libraries and truely value the assistance of TLFNZ.


Generously donated two fully functioning PC's & the programs we need to help the Toy Library issuing software, the librarians & committee members.


37 Cunningham Place


Phone: 027 453 0870

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