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Check off items on your to-learn, to-read, to-listen, and to-watch list and get more out of life with these topnotch resources. Most resources require a valid library card number. Don't have one? Sign up for an online membership or visit one of our Idea Exchange locations for a full membership. Must be a city of Cambridge resident. If you already have a card but need it renewed, fill out our membership renewal form.


Featured Databases

downloadLibrary by Overdrive

Enjoy a good book anywhere! Download or stream audiobooks thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and video to your computer, Kobo or mobile device. All you need is a valid library card, an internet connection and the free software. NEW! Overdrive now has over 3000 magazines to borrow. Checkouts of magazines do not count against the 15 item limit.

Use downloadLibrary | Get Started [PDF] | eBook Help  |  Help from OverDrive | Get the Libby app for your phone or tablet.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers access to free online learning courses that are available anytime, anywhere. These instructor-led courses begin every month and each course lasts for 6 weeks. Sign up using your library card and immediately gain valuable knowledge you can apply to your life or on the job. There’s definitely something for everyone.

Use Gale Courses | Get Started [PDF].

Hoopla

Hoopla is an online service that lets you borrow movies, TV shows, ebooks, audiobooks, digital music and comics to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your tv. Titles can be streamed immediately with no waiting or downloaded to phone or tablets for offline use. Borrow up to 4 items per month.

Use Hoopla | Get Started [PDF].

Kanopy

Access over 30,000 films via Kanopy’s online streaming platform. Enjoy watching buzzworthy indie movies, Hollywood classics, international cinema, the Great Courses collection and thought-provoking documentaries, as well as an entertaining and educational kids’ collection. Stream up to 8 movies per month.

Use Kanopy | Get Started [PDF] | Get the Kanopy app for Apple  Android

Lynda.com

Access thousands of completely Free online courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts. Simply log in using your library card, set up an account and learn a new skill, on your time. 

Use Lynda.com

PressReader

Enjoy unlimited access to over 5000 newspaper and magazine titles, from more than 120 countries, in over 60 languages. Publications are offered in full-colour, full-page format, just like reading the print version. The Globe & Mail is only available for download onsite at the library. Find out how to get started [PDF]. Use in Library | Use Outside Library


All Databases

View all databases by subject or title

Idea Exchange subscribes to dozens of online databases all free for your use with an active Idea Exchange membership. Watch, listen or read by downloading ebooks, audiobooks or streaming video. Learn a new skill or language, research your family history, or fix your car. Search thousands of full-text magazine, journal and newspaper articles.


Topic Guides

Are you working on a research project? Want to know more about a subject? Our guides are a great place to start. From books to websites, they bring together the best resources on your topic.


Life + Learning Ideas

Discover the latest and greatest in current events, research, and DIY in our Life + Learning Ideas blog. You can join the conversation too. Simply fill out the submission form and we'll post your entry.

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Shawna, Old Post Office | May 5, 2021
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  -- John Muir We can walk with nature in many ways from admiring a natural vista, to... Read More»
Preston's Pollinator Garden
Crystal, Preston | May 1, 2021
Spring has sprung and the garden dirt is ready and waiting.  If you haven’t had a chance to start your outdoor garden, don’t fret, the Idea Exchange... Read More»
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Cassidy, Queen's Square | May 1, 2021
May we interest you in a new month of exciting programming? All throughout May we have fun and fascinating events happening online for all ages.  We... Read More»

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