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OverDrive eBooks for Schools

Students of all ages read more with a digital collection from OverDrive and Softlink.

Whether you’re just starting to build your collection or you’re a digital connoisseur, OverDrive can help you choose the right eBooks and audiobooks to support student achievement. Powerful learning tools like our Sora student reading app plus expert resources and support mean you’ll never need to navigate digital content challenges alone.

With OverDrive, your school can build and customise a collection of eBooks and audiobooks tailored to your students’ unique needs and preferences.

How can OverDrive help support your learning goals?

  • Millions of eBooks, Read-Alongs and audiobooks from thousands of publishers across a full range of subjects
  • Over 50,000 Australian titles
  • The Sora student reading app is accessible 24/7 on practically any device - ideal for the modern student
  • Browser- and app-based reading, with syncing across devices
  • Integration with Softlink Oliver and other major school library management solutions
  • Choose eBooks according to ATOS level, Lexile measure and student interest level
  • Catalogue records available from SCIS
  • Option to access Ebooks NOW, a shared collection of more than 1,800 digital titles
  • Promotional and technical support to help educators get the most out of your school’s digital lending library

The best catalogue of eBooks & audiobooks for schools

Support student success with an eBook and audiobook collection tailored to your school’s unique needs. Select from the widest available range of curriculum, independent reading and professional development titles to ensure you’re engaging readers at every level.


  • Titles are chosen by educational content experts based on the most popular reads among students, with a focus on Australian content and curriculum support
  • Includes 200 classic titles to meet your classroom set needs
  • Create a school-specific collection to meet your school’s unique needs

Softlink is the official reseller of OverDrive for schools in Australia.

Open a new world of reading with Sora

The Sora app is compatible with every major device and revolutionises the student reading experience. Whether for class or fun, Sora makes reading accessible for all students, through powerful learning tools and easy access to essential titles.

  • One-tap step to borrow and start reading
  • Automatic activity syncing across multiple devices
  • Download titles for offline reading
  • A multilingual interface in up to 10 languages
  • Personalise the reading experience with audiobooks, Read-Alongs, OpenDyslexic font, screen reader support, adjustable text settings and more
  • Exportable notes, highlights and definitions
  • Reading data & insights including books read, total reading time and average time per book/session
  • Assigned books show up automatically and expire on a set due date

Watch this video to see Sora in action.

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Ebooks NOW: Discover the benefits of a shared collection

Looking for a cost-effective way to hit the ground running with a digital library? Access Ebooks NOW, a collection of more than 1,800 titles shared between participating schools.

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Expert support & training resources

We’re committed to helping you get the most out of your digital lending library. That’s why our Resource Center provides assets to support all phases of implementation and promotion. Learn more about the tools at your disposal with our regularly updated staff training videos, then download complimentary print-ready and digital marketing materials and kits to promote eBooks and audiobooks to your school community.

The Resource Center also houses title lists specially curated by our team of in-house librarians, including collections like Children’s Book Council of Australia Notables, Readings Children’s Book Prize and Premier’s Reading Challenge for every state and grade level.

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