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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.

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Access World News

Read articles and explore current issues from over 6,800 world news sources, dating back to 1978. Includes 147 local and Ontario newspapers such as the Waterloo Region Record (1990 - current), Cambridge Times (2013 – current), Toronto Star (1985 – current), Hamilton Spectator (1991 – current), and Guelph Mercury (1999 – current).

American History

This reference material covers biographies, events and movements throughout American history.


Find your family's history! Search census, birth, marriage & death records, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more from Canada, US, and Europe. Remote access to this resource ended on December 31, 2021. To access it, please visit your local Idea Exchange location to use it onsite.

Use Ancestry | Get Started [PDF].

Animals and Plants

Discover the living world! Topics include endangered species, microscopic life, plants, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Good for grades 4 through high school.