Sora (https://soraapp.com/welcome/login/766) is a reading and listening app through which students can access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in Granite School District’s collection. Students can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer, or personal mobile device.
Welcome to Sora
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New Releases and Featured Collections
We also curate thematic and seasonal collections of new and relevant titles, and create posters and graphics that librarians and teachers can use to promote them.
Here is a list of our latest collections and features:
- Sora Collection: Dog Days
- Sora Collection: America the Beautiful
- Sora Collection: Get Outside!
- Sora Collection: Read with Pride / Rainbow Book Month 2021
- Sora Sweet Reads for Summer 2021
Getting Started with Sora
- Go to https://soraapp.com/library/graniteut using a web browser on any computer or device. If you are using an Android or Apple mobile device you can also download the Sora app from your device’s app store:
- If the Granite Sora sign-in page does not immediately come up, use the setup code graniteut or tap Find my school. (You can click on any school that is part of Granite School District.)
- Enter the username (student number) and password that you use to log in to school computers.
- Tap on the Explore tab to search for and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading or listening right away.
- You can borrow a book for 14 days. You can borrow up to 3 books at a time. You can place holds on books that are checked out.
- Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your borrowed books. From there, you can:
- Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to a book.
- Tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.
More Sora Instructions
Borrowing Limits and Collection Information
All students and staff in Granite School District have access to Granite’s collection of ebooks and audiobooks in Sora. Granite users are automatically assigned an access level in Sora based on grade level.
- Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 have access to books assigned the Juvenile access level.
- Students in Grades 6 to 8 also have access to books assigned the Young Adult access level.
- Students in Grades 9 to 12 and faculty at all schools also have access books assigned the Adult access level.
Users can borrow up to 3 titles at a time.
Users can place holds on up to 3 titles at a time.
Sora does not send notifications or reminders to users outside of the app or website, so users should log in to Sora frequently to check whether a hold is ready for them to borrow.
Content in Sora is selected, purchased, and assigned to specific access levels and collections by library media specialists in the Educational Technology Department, following Granite’s Library Book Selection Guidelines. Students and staff can suggest titles for purchase using this form. Individual schools may elect to buy additional Sora content, which is available exclusively to students at that school.
As of September 17, 2020, Granite’s collection comprises:
- Ebooks: 14,768 copies of 8,679 titles
- Audiobooks: 3,337 copies of 2,347 titles
Students who hold library cards with the Salt Lake County Library, the Salt Lake City Public Library, or the Murray Library can add those libraries in Sora by following these instructions. This allows users to search and access the children’s and young adult Overdrive collections of those libraries simultaneously with Granite’s collection. Granite Sora users (including staff) cannot access a public library’s adult content within Sora.
Sora Help | The Sora Help page provides a menu of step-by-step instructions for all the features of Sora, as well as tips for solving problems.
OverDrive App (Old) | This link provides instructions and help for the older OverDrive app, which is still functional and may still be useful in certain situations.
If you have questions about Sora or OverDrive, please contact your school’s library or technology staff. You can also contact Josh Whiting in the Educational Technology Department with any questions.