Imagine: Toys for Everyone to Borrow.  
A Community Resource Devoted to Play!  

Our mission statement: 

The mission of Finger Lakes Toy Library is to improve quality of life by increasing access to toys, supporting play, and encouraging a culture of reuse and sharing.

Clinton West Plaza, 609 West Clinton Street, Suite 106, Ithaca, NY, 14850

Our Covid-19 Reopening Plan                     

The Basics:

  • We will be open for curbside pickup Mondays from 3-6pm, Wednesdays from 4-6pm and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30am. Due to our small space, only volunteers and staff will be allowed inside the toy library. 

  • To request items for curbside pickup, log in to our catalogue at  Select the items you want, the date for our next open hours, and hit ‘reserve.’ Please do not reserve toys for an open hours period that is more than two weeks away. If you have a special request for a date far in the future, they may be accommodated by reaching out to

  • You will receive a confirmation email when your items are ready for pick up. Please wait for this confirmation before coming to pick up your reserved items. After receiving this email, you will have one week to collect your items. 

  • You may reserve up to four items (three child, one adult), or one item per child plus one adult item, whichever is more. 

  • When you arrive at the toy library, whether in a vehicle or on foot, call or text us at 607-241-0977 (or knock on the window) with your name and a description of your car or location. We will bring your items out to you. Please open your trunk or car door before the volunteer comes outside and we will put the toys in your vehicle and retrieve any toys you are returning. If you come on foot a volunteer will bring the toys out and set them on the sidewalk in a bin where you can pick them up.


    • Members are asked to not clean toys in their own homes (to prevent damage to the toys), simply return the toy in its original container and we will take care of the rest! Because our toys are circulated around the community they will need extra care and cleaning. We quarantine all our toys upon return and then use environmentally-friendly methods to clean them. (If a toy in your care is exposed to a biohazard (blood, feces, vomit) please seal it in a plastic bag and inform the librarian when you return it so proper precautions can be taken.

    • Returns can be dropped off only during open hours. Weather permitting, there will be a bin outside the library window for returns. If the bin is not there, please call 607-241-0977 or knock on the window and someone will come out to retrieve your items. Please do not leave toys in our hallway or outside when the library is closed.

Safety Measures:

  • All returns will be quarantined for 72 hours before cleaning. We recommend an additional quarantine once the items are in your possession.  To accommodate this, loans are now four weeks long with an option to renew for an additional four weeks. 

  • We are not responsible for cleaning the restroom across the hall from the toy library, so we cannot guarantee its cleanliness and do not recommend its use during this time. 

Curbside Pickup/Return Drop Off Hours: Mondays 3pm-6pm
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am

We will be closed on any snow days called by the Ithaca City School District.
Please check our Facebook page for updates on closings due to inclement weather.

Interested in becoming a toy library member?
Membership info can be found here: Membership

The Finger Lakes Toy Library is happy to announce the hiring of an        
Interim Director of Operations, Kelly Sauve. 

Thank you to the Community Foundation’s Lane Family Fund and Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund for helping to fund this position. 
Learn more about Kelly at: Who We Are

Do you need to renew your toys? Send an email to:
with your name and we will renew your loan for you!

Curious what we carry in our toy collection? Check out our online catalogue here:

Just a bit of our collection!

June 22nd, 2017: ribbon-cutting ceremony!

Please see our Event Calendar for upcoming events.

      The Finger Lakes Toy Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are committed to offering membership to all, regardless of ability to pay. We need your support to continue our work!

Please click here to Donate via PayPal and help us provide toys for all.

Alternatively, checks can be made out to Finger Lakes Toy Library, Inc.
and mailed to PO Box 6769, Ithaca, NY, 14851

Interested in adding to our toy collection?
Toy donation guidelines can be found on our Donate page.
Due to space limitations we are currently only able to accept really unique or high quality toys. Please consider what we already have and what you are offering before bringing in any toy donations.

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Thank you for visiting the website for Finger Lakes Toy Library, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2016 in Ithaca, NY.

This site is under construction. Please come back often for updates and improvements.

Please contact us at:

Kelly Sauve Interim Director of Operations

Debra Eileen Lewis, Board President

Clinton West Plaza
609 West Clinton Street
Suite 106
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Logo art by Kurt Piller