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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, you can... 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»
Harry Potter Coding Wand
Want to try your hand at robotics building? How about coding your very own wand? Idea Exchange now has robotics, coding kits, and other electronic... 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»
iPad on top of a stack of books
Fantastic news! You can borrow an iPad from Idea Exchange and enjoy browsing the Internet, apps and e-reading from home or on the go. Use an adult... Read More»
A clapboard is held up with a large video camera in the background
Do you like animated films like Nightmare Before Christmas, The LEGO Movie, or the holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? These films were... 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»
Memory Kits These dementia friendly kits provide activities for person with Alzheimer’s, memory loss and other neurological issues and their... Read More»
Museums Family Pass - Check it out
See all Museum family passes. Explore the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and see the bicycle that Canadian daredevil Professor Jenkins rode over... Read More»
Boy playing guitar (close up)
Interested in music? Want to try your hand at playing an instrument but aren’t sure you’ll like it? Learning a new instrument can be an expensive... 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»
GRCA Park Membership Card
See all Grand River Parks Membership CardsSee all Ontario Parks Passes Grand River Parks Membership Cards A Membership card for Grand River Parks... 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»
PlaySmarts Logo
Learning through play is essential. The PlaySmarts Toy & Game Collection at Idea Exchange makes it accessible for every family, at any time.... 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»
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»
Read the Rainbow Orange kit with games and books
Launched in Summer 2019, our Read the Rainbow levelled literacy collection has not only been wildly successful, but since the onset of the pandemic... Read More»
The Rigamajig is one of our favourite STEAM toys at the library!  With just a little imagination you can build cars, forts, pulley systems,... 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»
STEAMbox Artist Lia Humphrey with STEAMboxes
Each of our STEAMboxes offers a unique, hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience for a child and grownup to explore together. Originally an in... Read More»
People playing video games
Ready player one? It’s time to get your game on! You can borrow video games, consoles, and accessories from Idea Exchange! See all Idea Exchange... 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»
Two children with earphones on listening to wonderbooks
Wonderbooks Wonderbooks are print books with an attached ready-to-play audiobook inside. These picture books have headphone jacks for independent... Read More»