Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong
All CEDoW staff and students are able to borrow eBooks and Audiobooks (via Sora) from our Inter-Diocesan Library called Australian Catholic Education Network (ACEN).
To access this service, either
- Download the Sora App for your device (iOS or Android stores) or
- Use your browser (soraapp.com) or
- Use your school library Oliver system to search, and be taken automatically to the Sora website
- See below for further information. Contact Jim Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any other library services.
Getting started with Sora
How to access Sora
Sora Accessibility Features
How many books can we borrow?
If you are going on a holiday where you won’t have access to the internet, make sure you have downloaded the book first.
We share our library with 250,000 students + Staff so I encourage students to borrow one at a time, rather than have books on their shelf not being read while others will be waiting to borrow.
How long can we have a book for?
How do I return a book?
You don’t need to, it is automatically returned after 21 days.
Can I return it early?
Yes, please return the book if you have finished reading. Someone in your class or in Rockhampton could be waiting for your book.
If I don’t finish the book, can I renew it?
Yes, when there are 3 days to go (i.e. after 18 days), you can renew.
Can I borrow books on the weekend or holidays?
Yes, this library is always open.
Do I need the internet to borrow?
Yes, once it’s downloaded you can read your book offline.
The book I want to borrow someone else has, how do I place a hold?
Instead of the borrow button you’ll see a hold button.
After you tap the hold button, you’ll see how long you have to wait, how many others have placed a hold, and where you are in the queue.
The book I want isn’t in the library!
Tell your teacher who will email me (email@example.com)
I have to study a book, can I highlight and make notes?
I want to keep the notes after the book is returned
You can export to your Google Drive before it’s returned.
What can I do if I don’t know the meaning of a word?
Tap and hold the word -> tap Define. Every word tapped is saved for future use.
If I tap the 3 horizontal lines top right corner, what does Nickname mean?
Tap on the word and you can put your name there.
You can also tap the picture and change it.
Do Staff have their own access to Sora or is it only for Students?
Yes. If you have CEnet credentials you can sign into Sora.
I’m not based at a school, I’m in the CEO office. Can I still use Sora?
Yes, you can. You access exactly the same as schools ie CEnet credentials.
I’d like my students to view the text while I read/discuss the story.
Borrow the title on your device (using Sora on your iPad or URL of soraapp.com on a laptop).
AirPlay the eBook to your Apple TV.
You can also use the same technique for AudioBooks.
The title we are studying is not in Sora
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the title and I’ll see if it’s available.
If the title is available in digital format I will purchase it.
We are studying a text for a longer period than Sora allows
We can set up a ’Title Assignment’ scenario where the students keep the title for a set period of time. This overrides the number of titles they are allowed and the time period.
Note: we do need enough copies in the collection for each student to borrow, depending on cost we can always purchase more copies.
Please contact me (email@example.com) for this option.
I have a student with a Print Disability and the required text is difficult for the student to access when in print format
Same scenario as above (eg might be a student studying a text for HSC and needed for perhaps a year). Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)for more info.
The default reading settings are not ideal, is it possible to adjust to suit student’s needs?
Yes, this is recommended for all readers.
Borrow your first book ⇨ tap the 3 horizontal lines top right corner ⇨ tap Reading Settings and adjust the following:
Lighting (colour background).
Select font (make sure it’s a Sans Serif font ie without the decorative bits on the letters like Times New Roman).
Tap Custom for more options and select Sans serif as a guide to an appropriate font.
Note OpenDyslexic font is available for a student with Dyslexia to try.
Change Justification to LEFT so the spacing between words will be the same (easier to eye track the line of text).
Increase Line Spacing.
Some students may prefer to change the weight to Heavy (Bold).
The number of columns will be 2 by default, to change to 1 column, the option is found at top of screen (circle with the lines inside).
We have shared iPads, can our students still use Sora?
Yes, the Sora App should already be on the iPads.
When the student borrows a title and finishes the allotted time period to read in class, they should sign out.
There will obviously be times when they forget, no issue, the next person simply signs them out and signs back in as themselves.
The titles they have checked out appear when they log back in as well as where they were up to in the book.
Note: the personalised reading settings are saved to the device, so this may or may not be an issue with shared devices.
I would like students to be able to read the text while hearing the text read aloud, is this possible?
Yes, browse the Collections, you’ll find one called ‘Read along’.
I understand the majority of the collection will be for students, is it possible to have some titles for Staff?
Yes, we have a Collection called ‘Professional' (readings for teachers).
Why is this library called ACEN and not the Diocese of Wollongong?
Wollongong joined forces with 14 other Diocese.
We had to give this new library a name and decided on...
Australian Catholic Education Network (ACEN).
Can parents have access to SORA?
No, you must have CEnet credentials.
However, I’m happy to give parent sessions so they can assist their children at home.
When I search Oliver I can see eBooks and Audiobooks, are they Sora books?
Yes, it is another way to access ACEN library, you’ll see a borrow button that will take you to soraapp.com