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We’re open! Idea Exchange has been reintroducing services with a phased approach so that we may continue to follow the requirements and recommendations set out by government and health officials.
Hold Pick-up and Contact-Free Pick-up Service
Holds can be picked up within locations during open hours. We will continue to offer Contact Free Pick-up Service of all materials to provide members the opportunity to collect items without entering a public space.
Browsing of Materials
Some collections including children's picture books, easy readers and board books are not available to browse, but staff assistance is available to help you select items for borrowing. You can still place holds on these items using the library catalogue. Board books can be placed on hold by contacting library staff directly.
All possible precautions are being taken to ensure that items are safe to handle. Any items returned will be isolated for the recommended period, minimum of 96 hours, prior to being loaned out again.
External drop boxes are open 24/7. The extended due dates for materials borrowed before the March closure are expiring, please check your account to verify due dates. Reminder notices and overdue notices will be sent out accordingly. Please return these items so others can enjoy them.
If you have received a notice but you have already returned your materials, please be aware that all items remain checked out on your account for a minimum of 96 hours for a quarantine period.
2020 is fine free! Overdue fines will not be applied to print books, DVDs, magazines, video games or other materials for the remainder of the calendar year.
Seven (7) days have been added to loan periods. 1-day loan materials, such as new DVDs, have been extended to 14 days. These extended loan periods give you enough time to leave your materials untouched for your own quarantine period before using them.
Examples of extended loan periods:
- 14-day loans: All DVDS (including new DVDs), music CDs, video games, and launchpads
- 28-day loans: All Adult, Young Adult and Children’s books, magazines, books on CD, Story CDs, as well as musical instruments, puzzles, maker kits, and memory kits
Some limits to borrowing have been set:
- Only 2 Video Games or Board Games in total per card
- Only 20 DVDs in total per card
- Must be 13 years of age or older to borrow DVDs and Video Games
1 Day: New Adult DVDs
7 Days: Children’s DVDs, Adult older DVDs, Music CDs, Rapid Reads, and Video Games
3 Weeks: Adult and Children’s books, magazines, books on CD, and Story CDs
6 Weeks: Book Club in a Bag
There is no limit to the number of items you can borrow with your membership card, with the exception of:
You can also borrow online! We have eBooks, audiobooks, video, and magazines that can be streamed or downloaded at home.
When you check out items, you are given an official due date receipt. You can also view the date your items are due in your online account.
You are responsible for returning or renewing items on time.
Fines exceeding $15.00 will prevent borrowing. Unpaid charges of $50.00 or more may result in referral to a collection agency.
Fines can be paid in person by cash, credit or debit at all Idea Exchange locations, except Design at Riverside.
Fines can also be paid by phone by calling 519-621-0460 x115 (credit card only).
If you are late returning your items, you will be charged the following fees until they are returned:
Adult + Children’s DVDs and Video Games
Adult + Children Music CDs
Books, Rapid Reads, Magazines, Books on CD, and Playaways:
Book Club in a Bag:
Young Adult Materials
Books, Magazines, Books on CD, Playaways:
Books + Magazines:
Books on CD, book + CD kits and Playaways:
You can renew items by:
An item cannot be renewed when the item:
Going on vacation and need extra time? Please speak to staff at checkout and request a due date extension with the exception of these items:
Materials borrowed at one location may be returned to ANY of the following Idea Exchange locations: Clemens Mill, Hespeler, Preston, or Queen’s Square
After hours return slots are available for the return of all items except Book Club in a Bag and Tools. There is no after-hours drop box at the Old Post Office, and returns can only occur when the building is open.
Place a hold to have items sent to your location. Here’s how:
We will notify you either by phone, mail or by email when the item is ready for pickup.
Please note: holds cannot be picked up at the Old Post Office.
You can temporarily freeze a hold and keep your place in the hold list when you are going away or otherwise unable to pick up it up. Here’s how:
In your online account, check the box in the Freeze column beside your hold and click UPDATE LIST. To Unfreeze a hold, uncheck the box and then click UPDATE.
Items that are “Available” or “Ready For Pickup” cannot be frozen.
You can select to receive an email courtesy reminder notice 3 days before an item is due. This is not applicable for 1 day loan items and only available with email notification.
You are still responsible for returning or renewing items before the due date.
Report lost or stolen cards to the library immediately! That way, we can stop others from using your card. You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card until it is reported lost or stolen. Replacement library cards are $1.
Please report lost items immediately to staff. If you lose an item you will be charged the replacement cost of the item and a processing fee.
To keep a record of what you’ve borrowed, log into your online account, click on My Reading History and click Opt In.
All library materials that you sign out after you click Opt In will appear on the My Reading History screen.
If you wish to opt out of reading history, you must first delete all the items and then click the Opt Out button.
Saved searches is a feature that is unavailable through the Encore catalogue. You can view previous saved searches from your account when you sign in to your online account and select Preferred Searches.
Creating a new saved search is now only available through the Classic Catalogue. A link to the Classic Catalogue is available at the bottom of the Encore search results page.
"My Lists" lets you keep track of everything you find interesting in our catalogue. Save titles to your lists anytime you are logged in. Then at a later date, you can check the titles out or place them on hold.
To save a title to My Lists, click on the cart icon under additional actions.
Once added, the message "This item is in your bookcart" appears. You also have the option to remove it from your cart. Once finished adding items to your cart, select My Cart at the top right of the screen or view cart in the grey box. This will bring you to the My Cart page.
In the My Cart page, select Save to list. You will then be prompted to sign in to your account.
Give your list a name (description is optional) and click on Create. The item will be added to your newly created list.
To view your list(s), Sign In to your account and select My Lists.