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Idea Exchange in Cambridge and Kitchener Public Library opens study space, browsing collections

The Idea Exchange in Cambridge and Kitchener Public Library are opening up to provide more services starting on Monday, including limited access to study space and browsing collections

Other libraries still offer curbside pickup and by appointment visits only

The Idea Exchange locations will allow access for studying and browsing. The Kitchener Public Library is allowing users to make reservations for study spaces and the use of the Grace Schmidt Room for local history and Heffner Studio for audio recording and digital media work. (Carmen Groleau/CBC News)

The Idea Exchange in Cambridge and Kitchener Public Library are opening up to provide more services starting on Monday.

The opening will allow limited access to study space and browsing collections. As well, the Cambridge Art Galleries has an exhibit called Fibreworks 2020 in the Queen's Square Gallery that will have limited entry.

All locations of the Idea Exchange will be open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, with pickup service open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Kitchener Public Library has already been open for pickups and computer access. Now people can make reservations for study spaces, and use the Grace Schmidt Room for genealogy and local history research and the Heffner Studio for audio recording and digital media work.

People will be able to browse the library's collection on a drop-in basis, but programs will continue to be offered online.

Waterloo Public Library reopens Sept. 8

Waterloo Public Library is set to reopen all locations to the public on Sept. 8. People will be able to browse bookshelves and borrow items in person again starting on the Tuesday after the long weekend.

Until then, curbside pickup will continue while computers and Wi-Fi services are currently available at the main branch and McCormick Branch. The library is also hosting virtual programs.

"We are focused on delivering the best possible library experiences that we can, while keeping the health and wellbeing of both our customers and staff at the forefront," the library said in a post on its website.

The Region of Waterloo libraries are open by appointment only for services like computer access, except for the Bloomingdale branch.

The region says on the library's website that it hopes to have more information about reopening plans later this month.

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