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CSISD and local libraries partner to expand access to Ebooks

CSISD and local libraries partner to expand access to e-books
Posted on 04/21/2021
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College Station ISD and the Bryan+College Station Public Library System have formed an innovative new partnership to increase student access to e-books and digital audiobooks by combining digital reading resources in one app. 

This partnership is facilitated by OverDrive, a digital reading platform serving both the library and school.

Thanks to a grant by the CSISD Education Foundation and Caldwell Country Chevrolet, CSISD has a collection of e-books and audiobooks, curated specifically for its district by curriculum specialists and district librarians.  

The grant allows district librarians to make these resources available in Sora, the student reading app by OverDrive. Once students log-in to the app using their district credentials, they can also access books provided by the public library system rather than requiring a separate library card.

The partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for student use anywhere and at any time. 

In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress which encourage individualized learning.

The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for CSISD  students to download through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at


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