Toy Library Association South Africa

The Toy Library Association South Africa

TLASA is a networking organisation that promotes best practice in the field of toy libraries. We are a registered Non-profit organisation (NPO 237-525).

As a multi-sectoral stakeholder forum representing toy libraries in South Africa, we view to influence Africa and the world’s perception of the role of toy libraries in society.

What we do?

TLASA is an advocacy and networking association, promoting effective practice principles for toy libraries and play-based organisations. The association also provides relevant toy library information and recognised training to toy librarians and play facilitators. TLASA is affiliated to the International Toy Library Association (ITLA).

International Toy Library Conference 2019

Co-hosted by TLASA in Johannesburg

Mobile toy library, LETCEE

What is a Toy Library?

Toy libraries provide play resources to communities. This can be in the form of toys, games, play opportunities, and trained toy librarians who facilitate play and educate others on play and toys. Most toy libraries in South Africa provide play sessions at the library as well as a toy lending service to the greater community.

Toy librarian of the year award

We have an opportunity for toy librarians to apply or nominate a colleague for their outstanding work during the course of the year! TLASA wants to see how toy libraries around the country embody our values and put outstanding toy librarians in the national spotlight.
The competition will be run throughout the year, announcing bimonthly finalists and the final award is done in May on International Toy Librarian’s Day.


TLASA offers training throughout the year at a discounted rate to TLASA members. Courses can be arranged at various training venues in all the provinces and are done in-person, as self-paced online courses and/or virtual live training sessions. Sessions can also be organised at your worksite.