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​​​​The County Library Co-operative provides a variety of services to member libraries. The major services are listed below:



Delivery VanDelivery Van<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Van" src="/Library/PublishingImages/bookmobile.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​The County of Simcoe Library Co-operative delivery van is our most visible service. It delivers boxes of pre-selected material that are assembled into blocks by County Library staff and rotated to members of the Co-operative. The van visits member libraries two, three or four times a year depending on the library's needs, for an average of eighty rotations per year. A typical rotation consists of approximately 800 items in various formats: DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray discs, books on CD, Read-alongs, Play-aways, Play-away Views, video games, large print books, etc.</p>
Rotations of Special CollectionsRotations of Special Collections<p>​The County Library Co-operative selects, acquires and processes material to circulate in blocks to member libraries of the Co-operative.  At present, the County Library has twelve special collections for block rotation comprised of the following formats:  <img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Stack of CDs" src="/Library/PublishingImages/pile%20of%20music%20cds.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="margin:5px 15px;" /><br></p><ul><li>DVDs </li><li>Blu-ray Discs </li><li>Read-alongs </li><li>Music CDs</li><li>CD-ROMS</li><li>Book packs</li><li>Books on CD </li><li>Books on MP3</li><li>Play-aways<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Book" src="/Library/PublishingImages/playaway.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="margin:5px;" /></li><li>Play-away views</li><li>Video games</li><li>Large print books</li></ul><p>These materials are assembled into two or three different sizes of blocks for each type of material.  Blocks are rotated two, three or four times a year, depending on the requirements of individual libraries.  The blocks are delivered to and retrieved from member libraries via the library delivery van.  In 2017, the Co-operative conducted eighty-one rotations and circulated 72,087 items.<br><br>The provision of these special collections has allowed member libraries to focus their budgets on print materials while ensuring that their patrons have access to the more expensive formats.</p>
Electronic Books & Audio BooksElectronic Books & Audio Books<p>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 <a href="" target="_blank"> </a>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!<br><br>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! </p><p> <a title="Go to PULSE website" href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-3" alt="Electronic books and audiobooks" src="/Library/PublishingImages/overdrive2-1024x618.png?RenditionID=11" style="margin:5px;" /></a> </p>
Online DatabasesOnline Databases<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="EBSCO" src="/Library/PublishingImages/ebsco.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;" />The County Library Co-operative purchases annual subscriptions to a variety of commercial online databases that can be accessed via the Internet.  These databases provide remote access to the full-text of hundreds of newspapers, periodicals and reference books and can be used by an unlimited number of people simultaneously.  The databases cover a wide spectrum of subject areas from current events to history, and from science to literature.  Free access is provided to the library patrons of all member libraries.</p><p>Currently, the County Co-operative has subscriptions to sixteen different databases:<br></p><ol><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Canadian Points of View Reference Centre" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpm=point-of-view.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:125px;height:63px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Canadian Points of View</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Canadian Refrence Centre" src="/Library/PublishingImages/can%20ref%20centre.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Canadian Reference Center</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Consumer Health Complete" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpm-consumer-health.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Consumer Health Complete</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Cypress Resume" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpl-cypress.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:129px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Cypress Resume</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="flipster_logo.gif" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/flipster_logo.gif" style="margin:5px;width:129px;height:38px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Flipster</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Hobbies and Crafts" src="/Library/PublishingImages/1cpl-hobbies-and-craft-refrence-centre.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Home Inprovement Reference Center" src="/Library/PublishingImages/1cpl-home-improvement-refrence-centre.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Home Improvement Reference Center</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Learning Express Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/LEX_LearningExpress-Library_Button_NAVY_200x100.gif" style="margin:5px;width:131px;height:68px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Learning Express Library</a><br></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Literary Reference Center" src="/Library/PublishingImages/LRC.gif" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Literary Reference Center​</a></li><li><span style="line-height:1.54;font-size:1em;"> </span><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Mango" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpl-mango-language.jpg" style="margin:5px;line-height:1.54;font-size:1em;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank" style="line-height:1.54;font-size:1em;">Mango Languages</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="MasterFILE" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/MasterFILE_Premier_logo.gif" style="margin:5px;width:130px;height:65px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Masterfile Premier</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="NoveList Plus" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpl-novelist.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">NoveList Plus</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="NoveList K-8" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpl-novelistk-8.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">NoveList K-8</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Primary search" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/primary_search_logo.png" style="margin:5px;width:125px;height:63px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Primary Search</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Science Reference Center" src="/Library/PublishingImages/cpl-science.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <a href="" target="_blank">Science Reference Center</a> </li><li><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Small Engine Repair Reference" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Small%20Engine.gif" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="" target="_blank">Small Engine Repair Reference Center </a> </li></ol><p>The subscriptions are chosen in consultation with the Chief Librarians' Committee and are selected to ensure that they do not duplicate products purchased by local library boards.  These subscriptions are quite expensive, but the Co-operative and its members can achieve economies of scale by centralizing their purchase.  Moreover, they allow small libraries to provide enhanced reference service at no direct cost to their operating budget. </p>
Reference and Local History CollectionReference and Local History Collection<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Books" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Local%20History%20Books.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:319px;height:190px;" />​The County Library Co-operative has a substantial reference and local history collection comprising over 1500 items. Titles are available on limited loan to member libraries.</p><p> </p>
Library JournalsLibrary Journals<p><img class="ms-rteImage-0 ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Magazines" src="/Library/PublishingImages/journals.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>​The County Library Co-operative purchases subscriptions to a variety of library journals. These journals provide professional advice in library specific fields such as collection development.  The journals are read by County Library staff and then routed to the staff of member libraries.  The routing lists are updated annually based on the response to questionnaires that are sent to member libraries each January.</p>
Large Print and Video PoolsLarge Print and Video Pools<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Movies" src="/Library/PublishingImages/VP.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p>The County Library Co-operative is responsible for the acquisition, processing, maintenance and rotation schedules for the Large Print and Video Pools. The Pools are owned and funded by those members of the Co-operative who have decided to join the Pools.  Membership is voluntary and each Pool has its own committee and terms of reference.<br><br>Originally the Pool members administered the Pools themselves; however, the libraries found they did not have the time or expertise to effectively operate the Pools and asked the Co-operative to assume responsibility.<br><br>New material is ordered and processed semi-annually and the collections are rotated three or four times a year.  Currently, there are three libraries or branches that belong to the Large Print Pool and four that belong to the Video Pool.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Books" src="/Library/PublishingImages/LPP.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p>
Consortium PurchasingConsortium Purchasing<p>The County Library Co-operative purchases a variety of library supplies in bulk and sells them to member libraries at cost. The County Library also negotiates the bulk purchasing of computer software, such as virus protection. The County Library is able to negotiate much cheaper prices on these types of items than can be obtained by individual library boards.</p><p><img alt="County Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/CAP.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
Wireless Public Internet AccessWireless Public Internet Access<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Library Wifi" src="/Library/PublishingImages/library%20wifi.png" style="margin:5px;" />​In co-operation with the Simcoe County Information Technology Department, the County Library provides free wireless public Internet service in all member libraries and branches.  This service allows library patrons to access high-speed Internet in their local libraries.  Patrons and visitors can bring their own laptops or other wireless devices into the library and connect to the Internet.  The wireless system requires users to login using their library barcode and password.  Visitors may obtain a temporary barcode from library staff.  In 2017, there were 178,591 uses of the wireless system.</p>
Multicultural Book ClubMulticultural Book Club<p>​<img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/multicultural-book-club/multicultural%20book%20club.jpg" alt="Multiculrueal Book Club Logo" class="ms-rteImage-0 ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:325px;height:293px;" /></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">If you have traveled the roads, entered a restaurant, or visited a school in Simcoe County, you have seen the County’s diversity first-hand. With more than 50,000 foreign-born residents within our borders and 107 different languages being spoken, diversity is, indeed, a way of life for those of us who live, work and play in Simcoe County!</span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">Books are a great way to learn about, and gain appreciation for, other cultures. In an effort to celebrate Simcoe County’s diversity while providing a resource for building cultural competency, the libraries have teamed up to provide book club kits with titles designed to educate and enlighten readers from all backgrounds. The themes of inclusivity and tolerance are central to all the titles. They feature multicultural characters who face inter-cultural challenges. Titles include popular novels such as Kite Runner, as well as foreign-language international titles that have been translated into English. The kits are designed to spark conversations about inclusion and acceptance within books clubs and groups of friends across Simcoe County. The kits are available for loan to members of any Simcoe County library, through an online booking system on the </span><span lang="EN-CA"><a href="">Simcoe County Libraries Multicultural Book Club</a></span><span lang="EN-CA"> website. Bookings can be made up to one year in advance. Check the calendar on the website for availability.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">Each kit consists of ten (10) copies of the book, discussion questions, and a canvas book bag. The kits circulate for six weeks and can be picked up at the nearest branch of your local library. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-CA">We hope to include titles and authors from as many cultures as we can. Be sure and check back often for new titles and authors!  In the meantime, if you have suggestions, please email them to </span><span lang="EN-CA"><a href="">​</a>.</span></p><p><br></p>
Library Automation and Systems AdministrationLibrary Automation and Systems Administration<p>The two County Library Co-operative servers host the databases of eleven member libraries:<br></p><p>Clearview Public Library  <a title="Go to Clearview Public Library's Website" href=""><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Clearview Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/autoadmin/Clearview%20Library%20Logo.png" style="margin:5px;width:71px;" /></a></p><p>Severn Township Public Library <a title="Go to Coldwater Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Coldwater Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/coldwater-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Collingwood Public Library <a title="Go to Collingwood Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Collingwood Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/CPL-Logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Essa Public Library <a title="Go to Essa Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Essa Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Essa%20logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Midland Public Library <a title="Go to" href="" target="_blank"><img alt="MPL-Logo-Color-2018-web.jpg" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/autoadmin/MPL-Logo-Color-2018-web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:184px;" /></a></p><p> </p><p>New Tecumseth Public Library <a title="Go to New Tecumseth Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="New Tecumseth Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/2new-teclib-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Penetanguishene Public Library <a title="Go to Penetanguishene Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Penetanguishene Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/pen-logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Ramara Public Library <a title="Go to Ramara Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Ramara Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/ramara-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Springwater Public Library <a title="Go to Springwater Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Springwater Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/springwater-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Tay Township Public Library <a title="Go to Tay Township Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Tay Township Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/tay-library-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Wasaga Beach Public Library <a title="Go to Wasaga Beach Public Library's Website" href=""> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Wasaga Beach Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/wasaga-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>As well as the County <a href="" target="_blank">Library Catalogue</a>. County Library staff administer the Symphony library software program, provide training to the staff of member libraries and troubleshoot any problems encountered with the software.<img alt="symphony" src="/Library/PublishingImages/symphony.png" style="margin:5px;" /></p>