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OverDrive IP Changes

Posted by IU13 IMS

Tue, May 17, 2022




Announcement: OverDrive will be updating their network configuration on October 10, 2022.


Action required by School Districts

School Districts may currently be allowing,, and through their firewall for OverDrive to connect with their ILS/LMS to authenticate users during the sign in process. If so, districts need to update their firewall before October 10, 2022, to allow the following subnet: This will ensure there is no disruption for users. For now, please continue to allow,, and through your district's firewall. If your authentication service is hosted offsite by your ILS/LMS vendor, we recommend contacting them to confirm the updated IP addresses.

Additionally, in rare circumstances, some institutions filter outbound network access to specific IP addresses. If your institution does this, you will need to add to your allow list to ensure your users can still access OverDrive from within your network after this change.

OverDrive will send a follow up message in October confirming that this migration is complete and it is safe to remove the legacy IP addresses from your firewall. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our team via the Authentication Support button under the Support tab in OverDrive Marketplace.

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Topics: OverDrive, SORA

OverDrive and Sora - May Updates and Announcements

Posted by IU13 IMS

Mon, May 2, 2022


Sora OverDrive Reading app


Notice of upcoming OverDrive server maintenance


Between May 3 and July 28, 2022, OverDrive will perform server upgrades to enhance the performance and security of their systems. Upgrades will occur between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and could impact service only once for approximately 60 minutes or less. Impacts to your users should be minimal.

Additional details:

  • Users will still be able to sign in to your digital collection and browse or read titles, but may encounter errors when attempting to borrow, place a hold, or return titles during your maintenance period.
  • Please contact your Account Manager with questions.


Update regarding OverDrive video


Last year, OverDrive acquired Kanopy, a leading streaming video service. While Kanopy is currently for public libraries, colleges, and universities, we are exploring opportunities for K-12 partners in the future. In the meantime, OverDrive is preparing to wind down the OverDrive video format. All OverDrive video titles will be removed from your collection on September 1, 2022.

Additional details:

  • Once OverDrive video titles are removed from your collection, any users with active checkouts on OverDrive video titles will be able to enjoy the title through the end of the lending period.
  • All videos uploaded as Local Content through OverDrive will also be removed from your collection on September 1.
  • We recommend removing any MARC records for OverDrive video from your library's catalog. If you receive MARC express records, we can create delete records upon request.


Upcoming Webinars


Summer and winter breaks are almost upon us and there’s no better time to revisit Sora and explore ways to keep students reading even when school’s not in session. Bookmark their Upcoming Webinars page now to stay up to date with our current offerings and learn about what’s coming next, such as Sora Essentials on May 10th at 3 pm EST, World Literary Tour: Spotlight on OverDrive's Spanish-Language Catalog on May 11th at 11 am EST, and Sora Connections: Making the Most of Your School Breaks on May 26th at 3 pm EST. 


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Topics: OverDrive, SORA

2022 Sora Spring and Summer Updates

Posted by IU13 IMS

Wed, Apr 13, 2022




Something for Spring

Sora Sweet Reads begins May 4th and runs through August 17th. "Join OverDrive this summer with their annual reading program. Sora Sweet Reads is designed for schools to encourage students to keep reading all year long. They are offering a collection of free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks (and select audiobooks). These titles will be available to participating schools and prominently displayed in Sora so it’s easy for students to find their next sweet read."


Children’s Book Sale

In April, OverDrive has built carts with a max amount of $500, $1000 and $1500. Visit OverDrive Marketplace to choose one that fits the needs of your school and budget. These carts contain:

  • The highest circulating titles that are on sale
  • Titles not currently in your collection
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid audiobooks that are OC/OU and will never expire!

The titles in these carts overlap, so please make sure to only purchase one of the carts! If you’d like something more custom, contact OverDrive for assistance. OverDrive will also be building price tiered carts for the May (YA) and June (Audiobook & Adult/HS Fiction) sales.


Something for Summer       

2022 Sync Audiobooks      

The free summer audiobook program, Audiobook SYNC, runs from April 28th - August 17th. Anyone aged 13+ can sign up via the linked website to have access to two free titles per week. There is an upcoming webinar that will share more details, and you can follow AudioFile's Twitter handle for updates.


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Topics: OverDrive

Retirement of the Legacy OverDrive app

Posted by IU13 IMS

Wed, Dec 1, 2021


With most student checkouts already happening in Sora, OverDrive will soon start the process of retiring the legacy OverDrive app and encouraging all students to use Sora as the primary app to enjoy your digital collection.

The first step will be to remove the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store starting February 23, 2022. At the same time, the download links for the legacy OverDrive desktop app for Windows and Mac will be removed from


How this initial change will impact users

  • Current OverDrive app users (mobile and desktop) can continue to use the app.
  • New users looking for the OverDrive app will be directed to Sora.
  • All users can continue to use, borrow, and open titles from your school’s OverDrive website via a browser until we begin further migration to Sora.

What happens next
Your school should actively promote Sora and remove references to the OverDrive app from school websites and promotional materials. In future phases, we will encourage OverDrive app users to switch to Sora, with a goal of moving most over by the end of 2022. We are committed to supporting a smooth transition for you and your students and will send you updates on the plans and timing for the eventual retirement of the OverDrive app.

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Topics: OverDrive, SORA

Sora Training & Classroom Resources

Posted by IU13 IMS

Mon, Nov 22, 2021

sora-for-classrooms-curriculumLearn about Sora with step-by-step short, informative lessons that are part of OverDrive's free self-paced trainings: Getting Started with Sora - for Educators and Getting Started with Sora - for Students

Pick and choose the features and lessons you’re interested in, and complete them in any order you like. Modules are unique self-serve learning experience that includes a variety of media such as text and images, videos and audio, knowledge checks, links to additional resources and other interactive blocks. 

This year, OverDrive has added the Sora for Classrooms and Curriculum self-paced training module to help educators explore the use of Sora’s flexible reading tools for lesson planning, curriculum development and more.  At-a-glance, K-12 staff can discover how Sora’s features connect to classrooms and curriculum with this editable chart.

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Topics: OverDrive, SORA