Sora Digital Library
Sora is a reading app designed with K-12 students in mind!
Sora, part of OverDrive, was designed for ease-of-use for students. With its "click-and-read" functionality, borrowing digital ebooks and audiobooks couldn't be simpler!
ALL 24 component districts in the Capital Region BOCES have FREE access to over 14,000 digital ebooks and audiobooks from the Sora catalog.
- Digital books are available anywhere - no in-person contact needed
- Downloads automatically disappear from accounts at end of loan, no returns or late fees
- Titles available to support classroom learning and for pleasure reading
- Students can earn digital badges for reading motivation
- Customizable reading experience - font size, style, text/background color; reading speed (audiobooks)
How do I access Sora?
Click the link above, choose your school district from the drop-down menu, then enter your username. Usernames vary by district. Contact your school librarian or Becky DeJesus at BOCES if you need assistance.
Once logged in, search or browse for books you want to read using the "Explore" tab at the bottom of the screen. When you find a book you'd like to read, click Borrow, and immediately start reading! It's that easy!
Is Sora free? Yes! Sora is absolutely free! It is an online library of digital books and like your school and public library, borrowing books is free and best of all, there are never any late fees and no lost books!
Will elementary students have access to books that are more appropriate for older students? No, when we add students to Sora, we choose their access level based on their grade; students in grades five and lower only have access to Juvenile-level titles.
How long can I keep the books? The default loan period is 28 days; however, you can always return a book early if you are finished sooner than that or renew, as long as there are no holds on the title.
How many books can I borrow at once? Students may check out up to 10 books at a time through their school Sora account.
Do I need internet access to use Sora? Yes and no. You will need a connection to download the book(s), but once downloaded to your app, you can use Sora anywhere without using wireless or data connections. (You can turn the automatic download option on or off in your personalized user settings on Sora.)
Will Sora work on my device? Yes! Sora is compatible with both iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and PC computers. On a device, download the free app in your app store; on a laptop or desktop computer, simply navigate to the URL listed above.
How do I return books on Sora? You can simply let your loan period run out and the books will disappear from your account, or, if you finish reading early, you can return them from your "Shelf" tab on Sora.