Sora in schools

What is Sora?

Sora is a reading app for students, by OverDrive.

Using Sora, students can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from their school’s library, for free.

About Sora in Tasmanian schools

In an Australian first, Libraries Tasmania has worked with the State Government to bring Sora into Tasmanian government schools.

These schools can now access a large collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, comics, graphic novels and levelled readers using Sora.

How does it work?

Students can borrow from the Sora collection using the app on their phone or tablet, or through a web browser on their laptop or PC.

Most of the collection has simultaneous access (ie multiple students can all borrow the same title at the same time). Unfortunately, some of the more recent and popular titles don’t have simultaneous access. This is due to limitations set by publishers or because of cost.

Students can have 5 loans and 5 holds on eBooks and eAudiobooks from Education Tasmania. These can be borrowed for up to 28 days. Students can borrow as many magazines as they like, with a maximum loan period of 21 days.

In addition to this, students can have 5 loans and 5 holds on eBooks and eAudiobooks from Libraries Tasmania, and they can borrow as many magazines as they like for up to 21 days.

Students are not responsible for returning their loans. Sora will automatically return items on the due date. Students can choose to return a loan early or renew a loan (if there are no holds on the item).

What types of items can students borrow?

The Sora collection includes a range of formats and titles to cater for students from Prep to Year 12.

Titles were chosen based on what is most popular in Libraries Tasmania’s print and electronic collections, and in Sora collections in Australian schools.

The collection aims to support recreational reading; it does not include teaching and learning resources.

To ensure students access age-appropriate content, they will only be able to see and borrow content that is mapped to their year level:

Year LevelSora – Education TasmaniaOverDrive – Public library
7-10Juvenile and Young AdultJuvenile and Young Adult
11-12Juvenile, Young Adult and AdultJuvenile and Young Adult

Getting started with Sora

Sora is only accessible to students through their school – meaning that they need to use their unique Department for Education Children and Young People email address and password to log in.

To access Sora, follow these instructions: Sora by OverDrive in schools: Getting started.

When a student first sets up their Education Tasmania Sora account, they will be able to add Libraries Tasmania. This will enable them to search and borrow from the thousands of children’s and young adult items held in Libraries Tasmania’s collection.

When signing into the Sora app, the student will need to select ‘Education Tasmania’ and enter their unique Department for Education Children and Young People email address and password. 

Do you need help accessing Sora?

You can learn how to use the app’s features and troubleshoot problems at Sora Help.

Didn’t find an answer on Sora Help? Contact the Sora Support team from within the app or via the website.

Remember: If you’re helping a student access Sora at home, and you’re not sure what login details to use, please talk with the student’s teacher or the school library staff.

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