In 2007, the County Library Co-operative added a new service: electronic audiobooks which are books in digital format. The Co-operative contracted with Digital Library Reserve, the provider of Overdrive, to purchase its digital technology and services. Overdrive allows all County residents with a valid library card and an Internet connection to download digital audiobooks to their computers, MP3 players and other handheld devices for free. Remote patron authentication software ensures that anyone accessing the collection is a patron in good standing, of a member library. The audiobook collection is accessed through the PULSE (Public Libraries Sharing E-Media) website at pulse.simcoe.ca. The digital collection is funded by the County Library with additional contributions from member libraries. It is being developed in consultation with the Chief Librarians' Committee and presently consists of over 3315 titles. In 2017, audiobooks were downloaded from the PULSE website 23,640 times!
Electronic audiobooks are a cost effective alternative to books on compact disc since they are cheaper to purchase, require no processing, no maintenance, no shelf space, and cannot be damaged or stolen. In May of 2010, electronic books were added to the digital collection and are also available through the PULSE website. These e-books can be downloaded to a computer and then transferred to a compatible e-book reader or device. The collection currently consists of 9,794 titles. In 2017, e-books were downloaded from the PULSE website 80,069 times by library patrons!