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You know about our collections. Probably even our programs and events. But what about all the other services we offer to enrich your life?

Idea Exchange provides free one-on-one technology training, unlimited WiFi, borrowing from other libraries in Canada, and so much more. Browse our services list to see what you can do today.

3D yoda
The future is now! No longer the stuff of science fiction, 3D printing is being used for more exciting real world applications than ever before. New... Read More»
justice scale, gavel and law books
On Tuesday afternoons from 1-4pm, you can drop in for free advice from Giordano Modesto, a Community Legal Worker from Waterloo Community Legal... Read More»
Row of computers
Computer workstations are available for the public to use at all Idea Exchange library locations. All workstations have internet access as well as... Read More»
People talking in a circle
Are you learning to speak English? Would you like to practice your English speaking skills? From September through May, come and be a part of our... Read More»
Cricut design
Calling all scrap-bookers, card-makers and crafters. Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill has a public Cricut machine! See the Idea Exchange Cricut Explore... Read More»
Man at Computer with Employment Worker
Drop into Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill most Wednesdays, January - March 2018, 2:00-4:30pm for free assistance from an Employment Worker from YMCA... Read More»
Students taking an exam
Need to write an exam? We offer free exam proctoring during our opening hours. A small study room at our Queen's Square location can be reserved to... Read More»
Gallery Exhibition Tour. Photo by Brian Duggan
Tours are offered for all of our exhibitions. School groups, organizations, and corporate groups are welcome. Tours can be designed to suit your... Read More»
Woman holding out book
Can’t find a title that you would love to read? Our Interlibrary Loan department -- also known as ILLO -- may be able to help. If the book or book on... 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»
mortarboard on a laptop
Discover how you can reach your goals through online education. Every second Friday from noon to 4pm, drop in to our Queen's Square location for free... Read More»
man with lights on face
Light Therapy Lamps are available for use in all Idea Exchange locations. WHAT IS SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that... Read More»
Galt Post Office
Ever wonder what was it like to live in Preston, Hespeler and Galt...before there was a Cambridge? You can uncover our city's history with these Idea... Read More»
MagnusCards App
At Idea Exchange, we work incredibly hard to provide a welcoming and accessible environment for all members of our community, and to provide our... Read More»
Microfilm reader
Historical documents on microfilm and microform readers are kept at our Idea Exchange, Queen's Square location. Please ask at Member Services for... Read More»
Movie reel and popcorn on table
Idea Exchange offers a large selection of popular and educational movies for children and adults. These movies are listed in the online catalogue and... Read More»
Music Hub on stage
Music lovers rejoice, we have instruments at Idea Exchange! Our Clemens Mill location has a music hub that includes a drum kit, two guitars, a bass... Read More»
Person pressing button on copier
Printing Black and white printing is available from the public computers at all Idea Exchange locations, except Design at Riverside. Wireless... Read More»
Printmaking studio
Our Printmaking Studio at Design at Riverside opened in 2004 within the University of Waterloo's Architecture building in the city of Cambridge. The... Read More»
Book with open pages beside a stack of books
Under Idea Exchange’s reciprocal borrowing program, residents from Hamilton, Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Wellington County, Brant County (excluding... Read More»
Study Room
Idea Exchange, Queen's Square has a quiet study room available for booking by individuals or small groups for up to three hours a day. The cost is... Read More»
Inside our Seed Cabinet
How does your garden grow? At Idea Exchange, we have seeds to help out. Our Preston location is home to a free Seed Library, where you can browse and... Read More»
Library Settlement Program logo
Immigrant settlement workers help newcomers learn about our culture, find places to learn English, get health care, find a job, find housing, learn... Read More»
Social Worker
Sit down and chat with Sariah, a Master’s of Social Work student from Laurier University. Get information you need about the programs and services... Read More»
Woman showing senior how to use a tablet
Are you a computer beginner? Want to learn how to download eBooks on your mobile device? Or maybe you need help with creating a Facebook account, or... Read More»
Person printing
Did you know you can print from almost anywhere and any device to an Idea Exchange printer? Choose a link below to begin: Print from computer or... Read More»