OverDrive for New Zealand Libraries & Schools

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OverDrive New Zealand

Reach new users and students and boost circulation with the world’s leading digital reading platforms.

Looking to take your library and schools to the next level and expand your reach and enhance engagement? Libby, our award-winning app, and Sora, our leading school digital reading platform, gives your patrons and students access to a customised digital book collection — available with Australian and international authors in multiple formats.

Contact the NZ team!

Offering more than just digital books

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OverDrive aims to provide a digital library service that’s the most innovative and easy to use. To do this, we created Libby, our award-winning and free-to-download reading app designed especially for first-time library users.

Enjoy selections from our expansive catalogue of Kiwi authors and publishers, in addition to international bestsellers and classics. And with all our content on one platform and our extensive support service, your digital offering couldn’t be easier to manage.

Learn about Libby

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Students read more with Sora

Join more than 59,000 schools worldwide that use the Sora student reading app. Sora is a digital reading platform ensures all your students have an equal opportunity to succeed with literacy. Build a custom collection of ebooks, audiobooks, read alongs, comics, magazines and more from our industry-best catalogue to meet your school’s unique curriculum and enrichment reading needs. From beloved favourites to curriculum picks for English, HSIE, Languages, Science, Graphic Novels and more, we have a global catalogue to choose from!

Discover Sora

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Kanopy partners with public libraries and universities to deliver ad-free, critically-acclaimed films and series that can be enjoyed on their TV, mobile phone, tablet and online. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers can discover enriching films on Kanopy. Younger viewers can enjoy Kanopy Kids – thoughtful, educational entertainment for children of all ages. At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together.

Explore Kanopy

Want to learn more?

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Meet your New Zealand team

Our New Zealand team, passionate about libraries and equipped with extensive experience, is dedicated to elevating your digital library’s performance and optimising return on investment.

New Zealand library team

Malcolm O’Brien

Regional Manager – Australia & New Zealand

Mal joined OverDrive after seven years with Wavesound in Australia. He brings extensive experience in bookselling, commercial publishing and the music and video industry in Australia.

A Sydney resident, Mal works with libraries in northern Australia (NSW, ACT, QLD, NT).


Julianne Tobin

Account Manager II

Julianne joined OverDrive in 2020 after working for Wavesound. She previously worked for Penguin Random House for 12 years in business development, and Penguin in the UK and Australia as a sales representative. She enjoys working with libraries and being part of all that they have to offer.

A Melbourne resident, Julianne works with libraries in southern Australia (VIC, SA, WA, TAS).


Julie Buckroyd

Account Manager

Julie Buckroyd has been working with Academic, Public and TAFE libraries for over 30 years, which includes 22 years at Jaems Bennett and 6 years at Wavesound, Experience in collection development and thorough understanding of library requirements. Based in Sydney, she looks after Academic, TAFE and Corporate libraries, for OverDrive Academic for Australia and New Zealand and Kanopy for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


New Zealand school team

Janet Galimi

Account Executive I

Janet joined OverDrive in 2023, after working as a teacher librarian at a K-12 school in Sydney. She developed a passion for digital books as she studied the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) at Charles Sturt University, appreciating the huge educational benefits to be gained from using digital books as a tool for teaching and learning.

A Sydney resident, Janet is now partnering with school libraries in Australia and New Zealand using Sora.


Monica Williams

Account Manager

Monica has over 15 years of experience working as a Librarian and Multimedia Technician in within Corporate and Education Sectors. She has a passion for Technology, E-Learning and Photography.

Currently, Monica is an IT Consultant for several Victorian Teacher Associations including the School Library Association of Victoria. She also sits on the VALA committee.

Based in Melbourne, Monica joined OverDrive in 2022 after working as the Library Manager and a Digital Literacy Specialist at a Catholic Girls Secondary College.


New Zealand reading programs

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Together We Read

Together We Read is a Digital Book Club for OverDrive library partners in New Zealand. During this two-week programme, readers can borrow the selected title from participating libraries through Libby with no waitlists or holds. It’s another powerful tool OverDrive provides libraries to engage readers and promote their digital collection.

Browse Together We Read

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Ebooks Now

It’s never been easier or more affordable to support your school’s reading and literacy goals. For a low annual fee of NZD $1,500, schools can access Ebooks NOW, a handpicked collection of over 1,700 premium digital books shared among participating schools – with over 200 classic titles for the classroom.

Learn about Ebooks Now

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Sora Sweet Reads

OverDrive’s annual reading program for schools. Sora Sweet Reads encourages students to read all year long. We offer a collection of free, simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobooks). Available to participating schools and prominently displayed in Sora for easy student access.

Join Sora Sweet Reads

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Public Library Connect

Boost reading among students with expanded access to juvenile and young adult literature. Public Library Connect provides students using Sora with the ability to access a wide range of age-appropriate ebooks, audiobooks, and more from not only their school’s digital library but also the local public library’s collection.

Sign up for Public Library Connect

Contact the New Zealand team to learn more!