ALA 2020 – OverDrive Resource Center
ALA Virtual Conference
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Welcome to the ALA Annual Virtual Conference.

Below you’ll find information about OverDrive’s products and services, new features available to our library and school partners and more.

Library & School Partners: Visit the Resource Center at the top of this page for marketing assets and training tools

From ALA Virtual: Digital Library Trends from COVID-19


As the nation’s libraries closed their physical branches in March in response to the global pandemic, patrons increasingly turned to the libraries’ digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Join three leading librarians as they share data on ebook and audiobook usage, lessons learned and best practices for responding to increased demand.

OverDrive Spotlight Session Video (44:47)

OverDrive Spotlight Session Slides (PDF)

OverDrive Spotlight Session Slides (PDF)

Public Libraries


Public libraries

Extend beyond the physical walls of your by offering access to ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and magazines. With Libby, our one-tap reading app, your patrons will be enjoying your OverDrive collection in no time. Service overview.

Created to help your library deliver more titles to more readers, OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections supplement your catalog with titles that can be used for student summer reading programs, digital book clubs, community reading events, and general inventory support. This collection of ebooks and audiobooks is available to users as unlimited simultaneous use at no cost to your library.

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Libraries around the globe quickly rose to meet growing demand for their digital ebook and audiobook collections as physical branches closed due to COVID-19. To help partners connect more books to more readers, the Resource Center continues to offer support for digital marketing, learning opportunities for remote staff, and best practices from libraries striving to meet the needs of patrons at home.

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Our award-winning student reading app Sora enables students to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from their public library’s digital collection in addition to the ones from their school library. With Sora, kids can add their public library for instant access to thousands of age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks, for both classroom learning and recreational reading. Students not only read more, it also means new users and more checkouts for public libraries’ digital collections.

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Libby

Libby is now integrated with your Sonos speakers, enabling you to enjoy all your borrowed audiobooks without the need for headphones or Bluetooth.

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Libby’s user interface now supports 10 languages. Your patrons can browse collections, search for specific titles, get help and more in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French (Canada)
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Swedish

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Any title your library purchases is also available via Kindle, provided a Kindle version of the book exists. (*U.S. only)

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K-12 Schools


K-12 Schools

OverDrive offers millions of ebook, audiobook and streaming video titles from thousands of publishers with flexible usage models for every budget. Sora, the student reading app, connects more students with more books and positively impacts their learning. Service overview.

Schools and educators stepped up to the challenge of providing remote learning tools to homebound students in light of COVID-19. We continue to be here to help you both ensure access to needed materials while also keeping them independently engaged in their learning through always available content and supported promotional materials.

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Sora is your gateway to the best selection of ebooks and audiobooks available to schools, spanning millions of titles from thousands of publishers.

Infinite reading possibilities on practically any device. One amazing reading experience.

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Sora offers dyslexic font throughout the app’s interface and in individual ebooks. Dyslexic fonts can help alleviate some symptoms of dyslexia, like the turning and swapping of letters. Note: Some ebooks don’t have the dyslexic font display option.

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For those with low vision or color blindness, high contrast mode can improve readability and app navigation.

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Corporate & Academic Libraries


Corporate and Academic Libraries

OverDrive Professional is a new division created for corporate, academic and law libraries. From supporting college students in their remote learning to making professional development titles available to your employees, OverDrive Professional recognizes your organization’s unique reading needs and is here to help.

Interested in partnering with OverDrive to reach more readers?

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