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History

We have been sharing ideas with you for more than 150 years. At Idea Exchange, we celebrate and remember our rich history as we look forward to the future.

Please note, unless otherwise stated, the images used are courtesy of the City of Cambridge Archives.


Postcard photo of Hespeler Public Library c.1929
The Hespeler Library moved into its present location at the corner of Tannery and Adam Streets. The building was constructed with a grant of $14,500... Read More»
Site for new Galt Library was built on the site of "tenements" and a bus barn c.1969
Norman Hebblethwaite becomes Galt’s Chief librarian.
Site for New Galt Library being cleared. Photo Galt Reporter.
After 69 years on Water Street, the Galt Library moved to the current Grand Avenue North location. In addition to library facilities the new building... Read More»
Site for new Preston Library site on King Street c. 1972. From Galt Reporter
The libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler joined to form the Cambridge Public Library with the amalgamation of the three towns to create the city... Read More»
Norman Hebblethwaite retires as head of the library. Photo from Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Norman Hebblethwaite, chief librarian since 1959, retires in June after nearly 22 years.
Art rental program begins. (left to right, Lynda Schneider, Mardi Neu and Jean Klassen)
The Gallery at the Cambridge Public Library begins operation of an art rental service.
Photo of Mindy Yan Miller, commissioned to do the piece Cambridge Clothing Index.
The Gallery holds its first juried art exhibition of fibre art.
Hespeler Library after 1984 renovations. Photo, Cambridge Reporter
Major renovations were made to the Hespeler branch, including the installation of an elevator.
Cambridge Gallery and Library
Major renovations were made to the Library & Gallery (Galt) branch to add additional floor space. The auditorium was removed to allow relocation... Read More»
VHS cassette
VHS videos replace the Libraries 16mm film collection.

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