Borrowing Guidelines

Membership Policies (Please Read)

Borrowing Guidelines
  • Anyone in the Finger Lakes region may borrow toys so long as they are willing to come to our Ithaca location to check them out and return them on time and in good condition.
  • Members may borrow four toys at a time per membership (three child, one adult), or one per child, whichever is greater.
  • Toys may be borrowed for a period of up to four weeks. Please return toys on time.
  • Toys may be renewed after the initial four week period for one additional loan period. Request a renewal by sending an email with your name to:
  • Toys will only be lent after the Waiver of Liability (titled New Participant Agreement) is signed. Responsibility lies solely in the hands of the caregiver to provide safety in play.
  • Your membership includes access to our online catalogue, run by Lend Engine. You will receive a welcome email with sign-in information. You will then be able to view all of our toys and your current loans. You will also have the ability to reserve toys online. You can find the online catalogue here:

Late Fees, Missing Parts, and Broken Toys
  • Following the lead of many libraries around the country, including the wonderful Tompkins County Public Library, we're going fine freeThis will provide more flexibility for our members, streamline our check in process, and relieve the burden on our volunteers to collect fees.  All this said, we do still want our items back! You will continue to receive regular reminders and overdue notices from us.  In lieu of late fees, toy library accounts with items more than 30 days overdue will be frozen until the overdue items are returned.  At this time, the member will receive an email notice.  If items are still not returned, the member will be asked to pay for a replacement item. 
  • Potential fees for missing parts and broken toys will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Membership may be suspended if fees are accumulated and remain unpaid.

How to Care for Toys at Home
  • Please designate a special place in your home where toy library toys will live while they are not being played with. This would ideally be a place separate from where toys you own are kept.
  • Please keep track of toy parts and pieces while playing and make sure all parts are accounted for when putting the toy away. You can view the components of each of the toys you borrow in your Lend Engine account online.
  • Please keep toy library toys away from food and beverages.
  • Please take good care of toys while they are in your care so that all children in our community may continue to enjoy them.
  • Members are asked to not clean toys in their own homes (to prevent damage to the toys), simply return the toy and we will take care of the rest! Because our toys are circulated around the community they will need extra care and cleaning. We will use environmentally-friendly methods to clean all of our toys.
  • 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.