Library, BSD team up to expand access to e-books, e-audiobooks for students


BROOKINGS – As educators seek creative ways to support student learning, a key resource for schools is the local public library. 

The Brookings Public Library and the Brookings School District have formed an innovative partnership to increase students’ access to e-books and e-audiobooks by combining the library’s and school’s digital reading resources in one app through the digital reading platform OverDrive.

The partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. 

Through Sora, the new student reading app for the Brookings School District, students can now borrow from both the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading titles as well as from the Brookings Public Library’s juvenile and young adult digital collection.

Students can easily log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their student ID rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.

The Sora app is available for Brookings School District students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer.

Anyone with a Brookings Public Library card can access the Brookings Public Library’s e-book and digital audiobook collection through the Libby app. The library’s collection offers e-books and e-audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases. Visit http://bit.ly/BPLgetacard to find out how to get a library card.

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