Wondering where to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks free? Try Sora!

What is Sora by Overdrive

An app and website where students and families access electronic reading and listening. CDS has access to an Overdrive library shared with various independent schools in the Bay Area.

What about San Francisco Public Library content? 

Access SFPL’s Overdrive content using the Sora or Libby apps thanks to a partnership through SFPL Scholar Card

Can’t I just use Libby for SFPL content? 

  • You can! However, we highly recommend you access SFPL’s library through Sora
  • Sora automatically sets access levels for juvenile (ECP – 6th grade) and young adult (7-8 grade) content, making it easier to browse books at your level of interest
  • It also means you don’t have to switch between apps to view SFPL’s collection
  • It’s a kid-friendly version of Libby, with achievement badges gained the more you read


A tutorial video of the instructions below is available here.

1. Click Sora app. 
If using a web browser sign in using this link
& skip to step 4.
2. Select the green button: My school is BAISL Shared Digital Collection
3. Select Children’s Day School from dropdown menu

4. Login Information: Type in your username. No password required. 

Username = [student first name][last name initial][graduation year from CDS], i.e. Student: Jane Doe | Kindergarten (2028) | Username: janed2028


Explore the collection:

Check out a book. Gain badges the more you read. 


  1. Click on the menu icon at the top right 
  2. Click add a public library 
  3. Search for San Francisco Public Library 
  4. Click on SF to automatically access SFPL Overdrive content


  1. To check out a book from SFPL, sign in to your SFPL account at checkout.  
  2. Use your SFPL Scholar Card information to sign in. If you need this, contact All School Librarian Cristal Fiel at .
  3. If you have changed your pin since receiving your Scholar Card and you can’t remember it, contact SFPL staff to reset it
  4. Once signed-in you can automatically check out the book or place a hold

Happy Exploring! Happy Reading! 

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