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New to Canada


The Idea Exchange is a place where you are welcome to

  • get help from our staff
  • do homework, study or read
  • borrow books, music and movies
  • learn English from our collection of ESL books and resources
  • join a group where you can practice your English
  • learn about and enjoy art
  • use the internet or wifi
  • find a fun and educational programs for your child or yourself

...and it is all free!

Watch the following video to learn more about libraries, children’s programs and how to get a free membership.

Services for Newcomers

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Are you learning to speak English? Would you like to practice your English-speaking skills while you are staying home during COVID-19? English... Read More»
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As a primary settlement agency in Cambridge, YMCA Immigrant Services acts as a “first stop” for newcomers.  Through the YMCA Library Settlement... Read More»
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As Cambridge has become more diverse, the traditions and celebrations of our neighbours have also become more a part of what is happening around town... Read More»