NYC Students can access digital books FREE

Meet Sora, the student reading app.

The Citywide Digital Library (CDL) on Sora is a collection of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, and magazines available for all NYCPS students and teachers. There is content for all grade levels PreK – 12.

With specially curated collections for each grade level, hand-picked titles by school librarians, and a variety of formats to engage your students – the CDL is a valuable resource for all readers in New York City Public Schools.

Start Using Sora

Using Sora is easy!

Log in with your NYCPS email address any of the following ways:

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Visit the site

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Download the app

Use setup code: NYCSCHOOLS

Download Sora on the App Store
Get Sora on Google Play

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Login on TeachHub

Easy login with your NYCPS email

Sora Quick Tips for Students


Read, Listen or Read-along

Different types of books (ebooks, audiobooks or read-alongs) are available for all ages and reading levels!


Read in 20+ languages

Use Sora in 10 languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese & more. Some books are also available to read in over 20 languages!

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Earn Badges

Read for long periods of time, finish a book, or borrow different types of books and you’ll earn badges and bragging rights!


Define, Highlight & Take Notes

Hold, drag & highlight text to make notes & define words. You’ll be able to export to PDF, Google Docs, & more.

Helpful Resources for Students and Families

Sora for PK-3

For parents and guardians of
PK-3 students

Launch Module

Sora for Grades 4-12

For students in grades 4-12

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Bonus: Connect to Public Libraries

In addition to ebooks and audiobooks available from the NYCPS school collection, Sora allows students to:

  • Access thousands of age-appropriate digital books in all subject areas
  • Read books in more than 20 languages

Using your NYCPS student login, you can borrow books from the Queens Public Library with Public Library CONNECT.

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Use digital books with your students

Sora, the student reading app, is our school’s gateway to the world’s largest selection of ebooks and audiobooks, spanning millions of titles from thousands of publishers.

Our current collection features digital books for required reading and supplemental reading, and can be customized with books your students need right now.

Watch “An Introduction to Sora” webinar


Assign Books

In Sora, you’ll be able to assign specific books to your classrooms at different reading levels.

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Track Achievements

View what badges students are receiving for reading achievements with in the app.

Monitor progress

View Progress

Monitor student progress. See how much & how often they are reading & in what formats.



You and your students can browse & borrow from our Mosaic grade-level reading collections.

Helpful Sora Resources for Educators and School Staff

Getting Started with Sora for Educators View the new E-learning module

Word Docs & PDFs

Info Sheets & FAQs

How-To Bookmark

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Printable Marketing Materials

Getting Started with Libby Guide

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Foreign Language Materials

This kit includes 1 Getting Started Guide in Full or Half-Sheet (PDF). Also available in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Swedish, Chinese (Traditional), and Chinese (Simplified).

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Thousands of Premium Titles

The Sora app comes loaded with thousands of premium titles that don’t cost our NY schools a penny. Plus, the titles in Sora’s free collection are frequently refreshed, so check Sora often!

Today, you’ll find*:

  • Community Reads: Spanish Titles for Young Readers
  • Community Reads: Own Voices & Diversity Books for Students
  • Premium, multi-user titles, constantly refreshed with new additions
  • Required reading classics: Emma, Call of the Wild, Great Expectations, Hamlet
  • Student favorites: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, El Deafo, The Terrible Two, Every Falling Star
  • Books from your local public library’s digital collection, if available (Menu » Choose Add a Library)

*Titles in Sora included free collection can vary over time.

Ready to get started with Sora?

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