Commonwealth eBook Collections is a statewide initiative to expand access to eBooks to all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program offers the following product to interested libraries:
Learn about the evolution of the program. In addition, Commonwealth eBook Collections gives Massachusetts libraries a voice in the national marketplace. Massachusetts Library System actively participates in national initiatives including SimplyE, the ASGCLA Consortial eBooks Interest Group and the Power of Libraries, a collaborative effort to make a difference in the library eBook ecosystem.
When a school library joins the Commonwealth eBook Collections program, it join the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection:
In early 2021, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded $300,000 in CARES Act funding to the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection. This grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will be used to support additional titles and copies for the collection, with a focus on 2021 summer reading. Read the press release here: https://mblc.state.ma.us/news/news-releases/2021/nr210208.php.
If your school is a participant in the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection, let us know what your students are reading for the summer here: https://masslibsystem.libwizard.com/f/cecsr21.
When academic, public, or special libraries join Commonwealth eBook Collections program, they join the SAILS Library Network OverDrive Collection: