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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.


L to R: Carol Buss, Gordan Hatt, Mary Misner (Director), c. 1988
Mary Misner is hired as gallery director.
Starry Starry Night, c. 2000
The first “gala ball” is held to raise money for the fibre art collection. In the previous two years, a “dream auction” had been held. The gala ball... Read More»
Card catalogue automated.
The Cambridge Public Library introduces a new library automation system and unveils plans for a $2 million expansion for the Library & Gallery (... Read More»
Gift of Art/Studio Sale/OriginalWorks Market established. Cambridge Galleries volunteers from left to right, Tita Magor, Sheila Langdon and Dorothy Harvey
In response to the growth of the Hespeler community the size of the library was doubled to 10,000 square feet. Ground floor access, a program room... Read More»
Queen's Square Library & Gallery under construction, 1993
Renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery (Galt) are completed. New space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly... Read More»
Dial-up to library catalogue launched.
Dial up to the library catalogue is launched.
Marion Mohaupt preparing for opening at Clemens Mills. Cambridge Reporter
The Clemens Mill branch opened at the corner of the Franklin and Saginaw Parkway, sharing space with St. Benedict Secondary School on September 2.... Read More»
Movie Poster, Sweet Hereafter
The Cambridge Repertory Cinema, a joint project of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Cambridge Library and Gallery, opens in April at... Read More»
Cambridge Libraries & Galleries
The Cambridge Public Library website is launched on Jan. 2, after work had begun in November 1999. CPL installs 12 more workstations at all 4... Read More»
Preston site before renovations 2001. Photo by Kelly-Anne Mantler)
The Preston Branch on King Street underwent its first renovation since it opened in that location in 1973. The Library was closed to the public for... Read More»

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