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Commonwealth eBook Collections: Welcome

What Is Commonwealth eBook Collections?

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:

  • MLS member school libraries join the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection
  • MLS member non-network public libraries join the SAILS Library Network OverDrive Collection 

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. 

OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection (schools)


When a school library joins the Commonwealth eBook Collections program, it join the OverDrive K-12 Shared Sora Collection:

  •  40,000+ eBook and audiobook collection that is only shared among participating schools 
  • Sora is the reading platform (app and website)
  • A public library card can be added in Sora for access to even more titles from the local public library/network's OverDrive collection

2021 CARES Act Grant

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:

SAILS Library Network OverDrive Collection (non-network public libraries)


When non-network public libraries join Commonwealth eBook Collections program, they join the SAILS Library Network OverDrive Collection:

  •  50,000+ eBook and audiobook collection (with the ability to add other public library networks)
  • Libby is the preferred reading platform (app)