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Unusual Stuff to Borrow

At Idea Exchange we are more than just books! Consider borrowing one of the unusual items, such as a pedometer or power saving toolkit, from our collection.

board game pieces
Switch off your devices! Unwind with friends and family by checking out one of our Board Games! See all Idea Exchange Board Games. We have a wide... Read More»
Book & CD Kit
Our Book & CD kit collection offers a whole new storytelling experience. Follow along in the book as you and your child listen to the narration... Read More»
Book Club in a Bag
Are you part of a book club? Why not take home a Book Club in a Bag! Idea Exchange has more than 100 book club kits in our collection. See all Idea... Read More»
Books to Go Bags
Do you have little kids and little time?  Fostering a love of reading has great benefits and we want to help make it easier with our Books to Go... Read More»
DAISY Reader
Idea Exchange makes reading accessible to everyone. If you have trouble reading print because of a visual, physical or learning disability, we have... Read More»
shovel with dirt
We are always looking for new ways to help our community to get the job done. Idea Exchange, Preston is pleased to announce that it now has a... Read More»
Boy playing guitar (close up)
Are your kids interested in music? Do they want to try their hand at guitar playing but you aren’t sure they’ll like it? Learning a new instrument... Read More»
Tree growing from book
Improve your English reading and writing skills with our adult literacy resources. See all items in the Idea Exchange Literacy Collection. The... Read More»
Colorful crochet hooks and yarn
Have you ever wanted to try a new hobby like knitting or glass etching? The start-up costs for a new hobby can be high when you have to buy basic... Read More»
Region of Waterloo Museums Family Pass - Check it out
Check out a museum pass and investigate all four Region of Waterloo Museums with your family, free of charge.  See all Region of Waterloo Museums... Read More»
sports equipment
Come out and play! Enjoy our special ‘Active Living’ collection of outdoor sports and games equipment in the community park outside of the Clemens... Read More»
Hand holding pedometer
Keep track of how many steps you take in a day with our handy pedometer kits. Available at most Idea Exchange locations, these kits can help you make... Read More»
Confession by John Grisham Playaway
Playaways are audiobooks that play an entire book at the touch of a button. There is no need for a separate player, and you don’t have to worry about... Read More»
Want to save money on hydro? Then our Power Saving Toolkit is for you. This Toolkit gives you everything you need to monitor how much electricity... Read More»
Hands doing a jigsaw puzzle
Love puzzles but get sick of doing the same one again and again? Take home a puzzle from Idea Exchange! See all Idea Exchange Puzzles. There are a... Read More»
Stacks of books with one open book
We’ve made a change to our Rapid Reads collection and now these materials can be checked out for seven days! That’s right, you now have a whole week... Read More»
man with bowtie and selfie stick
Borrow a selfie stick from us. Use it to snap a pic with your phone and submit it to the Teen IEXchallenge @IdeaXchallenge. See all Idea Exchange... Read More»
Some of our handpainted STEAMboxes
Each of our STEAMboxes offers a unique, hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience for a child and parent to explore together for an hour or an... Read More»
People playing video games
Ready player one? It’s time to get your game on! You can borrow video games from Idea Exchange! See all Idea Exchange Video Games. Power-up with our... Read More»
woman with laptop and webcam
Need a web camera for an interview, for training, or just for fun? All Idea Exchange library locations now have webcams you can use in the library or... Read More»