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WCDSB VLC: Sora by OverDrive

Sweet ReadsOverDrive Sweet Reads is a program for schools in the US and Canada designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This year the program will run from April 15 to July 31. Thirty free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobook and Read-Along options) will be available to students in participating schools. These titles will be prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next book and chill out and read.

Please note: Access to some titles is limited depending on your grade level.

Come back April 15 to access the Sweet Reads Titles!

Using Sora

1. To access the Sora app

2. Open Sora and find your school (Waterloo Catholic District School Board).

3. Sign in with the following:

Usernameschool ID # Student # for students, staff # for staff. It's the same as your library borrower ID.
Password: your birthday in MMDDYYYY format

4. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open and you can start reading right away.

5. Close the book and go to your Shelfto see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.

Questions? Visit

Account Options

Home: Displays your assignments, loans, recently defined words, recent notes and highlights, book suggestions based on books you've previously read in Sora.

Explore: Browser curated collections and search by title, author, and keyword.

Last Read Window Bubble: Shows the cover image of the last book you've read; click here to resume.

Shelf: The place to find your loans, holds, lists, and your Sora activity.

Me: Lists your personal reading statistics, and achievements.


Sora Account Options

Compatible Devices

Visit Devices for detailed information on products compatible with Sora by OverDrive. These include:

eBooks Audiobooks

Computers (desktops and laptops)

Portable devices with WiFi (tablets and smartphones)


Computers (desktops and laptops)

MP3 players, iPod Classics/Nanos/iPhones



  • Talk to your location’s learning commons staff or contact Shelley Wood at The Learning Commons, CEC.



Staff: want to improve your Sora skills? OverDrive offers great Staff training resources.

Making Notes and Highlights


In an eBook

  • Click (or tap) and hold a word, then select Highlight. To select more than one word, hold and drag.

  • After you highlight one or more words, you can add a note.


Account Options

  • Select bookmark icon to make a bookmark. To highlight a section, click (or tap) and hold bookmark icon.
  • After you make a bookmark or highlight, you can add a note.

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