The International Toy Library Association (ITLA) invites you to the 15th International Toy Library Conference taking place in South Africa.  

The conference is planned and hosted by the Toy Library Association South Africa (TLASA) in collaboration with Cotlands and ITLA.

Ayanda and Sipho will guide you through the conference. 

“Through the looking glass of a Toy Library – come play with us.”

“Ngokubuka ngefastela lomtapo wamathoyizi – woza uzodlala nathi”                                           (IsiZulu translation)

We invite toy librarians from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand to meet and share their skills and knowledge, as well as showcase how their toy libraries promote opportunities to play.

When Ayanda and Sipho look through the looking glass of a toy library, what do they see? Find out more

TLASA is a South African association consisting of a network of organisations that promotes best practice in the field of toy libraries. TLASA’s vision is to see a toy library in every community in South Africa and its mission is to create a strong network of toy libraries.

 TLASA, in collaboration with ITLA, have planned an informative, thought provoking, exciting and enriching African toy library focused experience, with plenty opportunities to network, dialogue and explore topics relevant to the world of toy libraries.

Conference information:


IIE MSA (formerly known as Monash South Africa)

Johannesburg, South Africa    

144 Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort


Tuesday 9th July to Saturday 13th July 2019 

Who should attend:

  • International, African and South African toy librarians,
  • Non-profit organisations that promote play and that operate toy libraries
  • National and Provincial government departments, librarians at libraries, 
  • Corporate social investment managers working in the space of toy libraries
  • Individuals working with children
  • Researchers in play-based learning/early childhood development
  • Play champions

Use the links below to download the provisional conference programme as well as your all-in-one conference guide.

We invite toy librarians from Africa, America, Australia, Asia, Europe and New Zealand to meet and share their skills and knowledge, as well as showcase how their toy libraries promote opportunities to play. 

If you have done research relating to toy libraries, play, play-based learning, toy library systems, technological innovations for the toy library, quality assurance systems, qualifications or related field, we want to include this knowledge in our conference.

During the conference, TLASA will showcase the various models of toy libraries and the work they do by providing a toy library within reach of children from various types of communities.

Conference themes:                                                        

The conference will explore the following themes

Theme 1:  Diversity in toy libraries

Theme 2:  Toy libraries a solution for ….

Theme 3:  Sustainability of toy libraries

Theme 4:  Toy libraries of the future – innovation

When Ayanda and Sipho look through the looking glass of a toy library, what do they see?

Conference registration:

Register online for the conference

                     ITLA and TLASA members receive a 10% discount on the conference registration fee. Please enter the                           relevant ITLA Discount Code or TLASA membership number in the discount field.

By registering, you confirm that you have read and agree to the full terms and conditions


If you would like to sponsor a Toy Librarian to attend the conference, please do so using this button:


Anyone interested in contributing goods/finances towards this conference can do so here:


Any exhibitors interested in selling their toys, souvenirs, publications or any other goods, can apply below:

Call for abstracts:                                                        

Submissions closed on 31 January 2019

Scientific panel:    
Name and SurnameCountry
Ana LourençoPortugal
Maria Celia Malta CamposBrazil
Mary JamesSouth Africa
Michel van LangendoncktBelgium
Mónica JuárezMexico
Monica StachSouth Africa
Poai Hong WongMalaysia
Robyn Monro-MillerAustralia

To find out more about our Scientific panel, please follow the document link below.

Keynote speakers:       


Keynote speakers to be confirmed by end of March 2019.


On Thursday 11th July 2019 delegates will be taken on an experiential tour of different types of South African toy libraries which will include sightseeing to places of cultural interest. 

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

So much more is planned…

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, dialogues and inter-continental discussions during the conference.  You will also be able to experience the different South African cultures and play a number of our indigenous games each day as well as a toy exhibition from local suppliers.

Contact details

For any questions, queries or more specific information, please email:     or

Toy Library Association South Africa membership

Who should join?

Toy libraries; organisations and individuals interested in promoting play and toy libraries; government departments and individuals involved in any aspect of toy libraries; toy manufacturers both wholesalers and retailers; persons supporting children’s right to play. 

 Membership benefits

  1. Quarterly regional workshops
  2. Quarterly newsletter
  3. Access to website information which is exclusive to TLASA members
  4. Discounted Toy Library Conference
  5. Discount on certain training courses


Membership fees for 2019

All membership fees are inclusive of VAT

  1. Individual                                                                                               R287.50 per annum
  2. Toy Library                                                                                             R287.50 per annum
  3. Small Organisation (representing less than 10 toy libraries)        R690.00 per annum
  4. Large Organisation (representing 10 or more toy libraries)          R920.00 per annum

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