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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 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»
old book with pink flower in middle
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 564,000 Canadians currently live with dementia, a range of conditions that includes Alzheimer’s disease... Read More»
shovel with dirt
We are always looking for new ways to help our community to get the job done. Idea Exchange, Preston has a collection of garden tools to lend. If you... 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»
Dog with headphones
You ask, we listen. We’ve expanded our range of Maker Kits at Idea Exchange. Now, in addition to our popular crafting kits, you can check out the... Read More»
Museums Family Pass - Check it out
Now, in addition to our popular Region of Waterloo Museums family passes, you can check out a family pass to THEMUSEUM in Kitchener. See all Museum... 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 don't want to keep buying new ones? Take home a puzzle from Idea Exchange! See all Idea Exchange Puzzles. There are a variety of... Read More»
Stacks of books with one open book
Our Rapid Reads titles can be checked out for seven days! That’s right, you now have a whole week to enjoy the newest and most popular books,... 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»