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Idea Exchange | January 6, 2022

Idea Exchange, Old Post Office is open for limited in-person services, including some digital equipment use and study space. Our popular Makerspace Pick-up Service and Take and Make kits also continue. Hours and services differ between floors. Please review all information below before you visit.

What equipment is available and how can I use it?

Makerspace (third floor):

  • Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with consideration for the well-being of staff and members, in-person use of this floor is not available at this time.
  • Laser cutter, 3D printers, large format printer, button maker, and magnet maker – Available through Makerspace Pick-up Service only.
  • Embroidery machine, sewing machines, design computers, and tools - Not available at this time.

Discovery Centre (second floor):

  • Children’s books, wonderbooks and launchpads, individual STEAM crafts, and STEAMboxes – Drop-in to use in the Discovery Centre or to pick up to take home.
  • Lite Brite wall and LEGO wall - Not available at this time.

Riverview Room (first floor):

  • Study tables, Wi-Fi, laptops, printing, photocopying, and faxing – Drop-in to use in the Riverview and Reading Rooms. Available on a first-come, first-served basis. One 2-hour session per day, per person.
  • No social or group seating.

Creative Studios (lower level):

  • Green screen photos, Nintendo Switch on the big screen, Xbox, and PlayStation- Call 226.533.2767 ext. 603 to reserve your time on the Creative Studios equipment.
  • Musical instruments (BIG floor piano, regular piano, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, electric drums, theremin) - Drop-in to use in the Creative Studios.
  • AV Rooms and digitization - Not available at this time.
  • Virtual Reality – Not available at this time.

Other Services:

  • Tech help - Available only over the phone, through email or chat, or through virtual appointment. In-person tech help is not available at this time.
  • Third floor classroom use - Available for two (2) person bookings when not in use by Idea Exchange. Regular room rental fees apply.
  • Self-guided building tours – Not available at this time.

What do I need to know before my visit?

  • A full teen or adult Idea Exchange membership is required for all equipment use.
  • A signed waiver is also required to use the Makerspace and Creative Studios.
  • Visitor occupancy is limited to ensure 2-metre physical distancing can be maintained at all times.
  • We have implemented public health recommendations to ensure the safety of our staff and members. Please review our Safety Procedures before your visit.