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All Idea Exchange locations and drop boxes are closed until May 4. All Spring programs and events are cancelled.



  • Idea Exchange Closure Notice

Idea Exchange | March 29, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, the Region of Waterloo declared a State of Emergency with municipalities following suit, including the City of Cambridge. The Government of Ontario extended the State of Emergency on Monday, March 30. As such, Idea Exchange locations will remain closed until Monday, May 4. This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to make service decisions based on the most current information from Region of Waterloo Public Health, as well as follow legislated directives.

During this closure, all library material due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended, and no additional fees or fines will be applied to member accounts. These extensions will continue for a week after we reopen.

Although Idea Exchange will be temporarily closed, online resources remain available:
eBooks and audiobooks
Movies and TV
Newspapers and magazines
Online databases and courses

If you are not currently an Idea Exchange member you can sign up for our new Online Membership to access online e-resources.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make service adjustments as needed. Any changes to our services will be posted on our website, and social media accounts.

Reputable Information Sources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is no shortage of discussion online and in the media about COVID-19 and the measures needed to keep people and communities safe. To help you find the most reliable sources of information and support during this uncertain time, Idea Exchange would like to share this essential resource list on the COVID-19 response in our region, our province, our country, and across the globe: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide


Submitted by Adam (not verified) on

Nice job Idea Exchange. I appreciate you taking lead on directing people to credible sources of information re Coronavirus and taking a moderate approach by cancelling larger gatherings but remaining open for business given that it is currently safe to do so.

Submitted by Maryanne (not verified) on

When will the sign up be for registered classes and children's programs?
It was supposed to be March 30th in person. Or will this be done online now?
Thank-you and hope to see you all soon!

Submitted by Jaime Griffis (not verified) on

Hello Maryann, In person and phone registration for children's Spring programming has been delayed. We will be posting on our website the updated dates if we move forward with registered programs for Spring. Thank you for your question!

Submitted by Bilal (not verified) on

Are items still due back on the 14th and will we be charged after that day? Right now, it doesnt seem like libraries will be running again soon so I assume it will not reopen on the 14th like planned.

Submitted by Jamie Kamula (not verified) on

Thank you for your question. If the library continues to remain closed, we will extend the due dates again so that nothing is due until a week after we open. There are no fines incurring on any of the items. The items on the holdshelf will also be extended too.

While we are closed, be sure to check out the many e-resources we have to offer which includes ebooks and e-audiobooks.

Have a great day.