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Idea Exchange

City of Cambridge

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There’s a lot to Discover and Enjoy at Idea Exchange!

Idea Exchange supports and inspires the exploration of reading, arts, innovation, and learning. Formerly known as Cambridge Libraries and Galleries, the name changed to Idea Exchange in 2014 to better reflect all of the services offered. Idea Exchange is transforming the way people experience their local library and gallery spaces, creating an environment of curiosity and discovery using the arts and new technologies. It’s a place where events happen, people gather, and ideas are exchanged.

There are currently six Idea Exchange locations in the city of Cambridge:

Queen’s Square (a public library and art gallery that hosts programs and events)

Preston (a public library and art gallery that hosts programs and events)

Hespeler (a public library that hosts programs and events)

Clemens Mill (a public library and a music hub that hosts programs and events)

The Old Post Office (Canada’s first all-digital library with creative studios, a discovery centre, makerspace, and a heritage reading room café)

Design at Riverside (a design gallery and printmaking studio)

Membership to all Idea Exchange locations is free, and provides access to library materials and services, online courses, databases and a variety of programs and events. Membership also provides free admission to art exhibitions at their Cambridge Art Galleries as well as over a hundred public art galleries across Ontario.

Digital collections are an expanding part of what Idea Exchange offers. In 2018, was added to its online learning resources, providing courses in technology, software, business, and creative skills. Also available is Kanopy, a movie streaming platform with more than 30,000 films for adults and children.

Be part of this environment of curiosity and discovery: come be inspired at Idea Exchange in Cambridge!