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Unusual Stuff to Borrow

At Idea Exchange we are more than just books! Consider borrowing one of the unusual items, such as a pedometer or power saving toolkit, from our collection.

Book & CD Kit
Our Book & CD kit collection offers a whole new storytelling experience. Follow along in the book as you and your child listen to the narration... Read More»
Book Club in a Bag
Are you part of a book club? Why not take home a Book Club in a Bag! Idea Exchange has more than one hundred book club kits in our collection. Each... Read More»
Books to Go Bags
Do you have little kids and little time?  Fostering a love of reading has great benefits and we want to help make it easier.  We are offering a new... Read More»
DAISY Reader
Idea Exchange makes reading accessible to everyone. If you have trouble reading print because of a visual, physical or learning disability our Queen'... Read More»
shovel with dirt
At Idea Exchange, we are always looking for new ways to help our community to get the job done. Whether through books, internet or even 3D printers,... Read More»
Boy playing guitar (close-up)
Are your kids interested in music?  Do they want to try their hand at guitar playing but you aren’t sure they’ll like it?  Learning a new instrument... Read More»
Kurzweil Reader
If you have difficulty reading print material, Idea Exchange has one Kurzweil Reader that can be used at our Queen’s Square location.  The Kurzweil... Read More»
Literacy Kits
Improve your English reading and writing skills with our adult literacy resources. Each title can be checked out for three weeks and can be renewed... Read More»
Votive candle making kit
See all of our Maker Kits Have you ever wanted to try a new hobby like knitting or glass etching? The start-up costs for a new hobby can be high when... Read More»
Map of Europe with pins
Idea Exchange has a collection of maps, each of which can be checked out for three weeks and renewed up to two times. There are topographic and road... Read More»
Region of Waterloo Museums Family Pass - Check it out
Your Idea Exchange membership card can now take you even further afield - borrow a Region of Waterloo Museums Family Pass. By checking out our new... Read More»
Music hub at Clemens Mill
Music lovers rejoice, we have instruments available here at Idea Exchange!  Our Clemens Mill branch has music hub instruments that can be checked out... Read More»
sports equipment
Come out and play! Enjoy our special ‘Active Living’ collection of outdoor sports and games equipment in the community park outside of the Clemens... Read More»
Hand holding pedometer
Keep track of how many steps you take in a day with our handy pedometer kits.  Available at all Idea Exchange locations, these kits can help you make... Read More»
Confession by John Grisham Playaway
Playaways are audiobooks that play an entire book at the touch of a button. There is no need for a separate player, and you don’t have to worry about... Read More»
Power Saving Toolkit
If you want to save money and energy, then our Power Saving Toolkit is for you.  This Toolkit gives you everything you need to monitor how much... Read More»
Finished puzzle with boxes of other puzzles
Love puzzles but get sick of doing the same one again and again?  Take home a puzzle from Idea Exchange!  We have a selection of jigsaw puzzles at... Read More»
Stacks of books with one open book
Can’t wait to read the newest and hottest books? While the hottest titles often have the longest reserve lists, most of our high demand titles also... Read More»
Inside our Seed Cabinet
How does your garden grow? At Idea Exchange, Preston, we have seeds to help out. Our Preston location is home to the Idea Exchange, Preston Seed... Read More»
selfie stick
Borrow a selfie stick from any of our locations. Use it to snap a pic with your phone and submit it to the Teen IEXchallenge @IdeaXchallenge. Each... Read More»
People playing video games
Ready player one? It’s time to get your game on! You can now borrow video games from Idea Exchange! Power-up with our Wii, WiiU, PS4, and XboxOne... Read More»