Library Services

School libraries have never been more important than now, when apps and e-texts have reshaped the educational landscape.

Today’s school libraries are sophisticated learning environments that provide the education and skill-building to succeed in college and the workplace.

In keeping with this, District 401's libraries accommodate a broad range of 21st-century educational needs — whether students are seeking books to read for pleasure or looking for databases to assist them with their latest research project

Introducing Sora, the Student Reading App 

The most recent addition to our library resources is Sora, a free reading service that provides access to digital books.

Why have we added Sora? The collection of titles in Sora is an extension of District 401’s physical library, but this collection is in an app with 24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks.

The Sora app makes it convenient for students to check out titles at home, on the weekends or during school breaks. And there's no worry about misplacing a book or running up late fees, because these digital titles automatically return at the end of the lending period.

Sora can help students of all ages read more and improve comprehension. Struggling or reluctant readers, learning-challenged readers, second-language learners and gifted readers alike can all benefit from this service. The benefits include:

  • Enriching vocabulary and improving comprehension and pronunciation
  • Introducing students to books above their reading level
  • Teaching critical listening
  • Helping busy kids find time to read
  • Incentivizing reading with fun avatars and achievements

Accessing Sora

To access Sora, download the free Sora app from the App Store or the Google Play Store, or visit

Then, using your student school email address, you will be all set to borrow e-books and audiobooks on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

To directly access District 401's Sora account, please click here:

Sora login

Elementary School Libraries

The Elmwood Elementary and John Mills Elementary libraries begin a student’s introduction to library services, which includes instruction in technology use, research practices and digital literacy.

A broad selection of picture books is geared to early learners, while more advanced readers have access to award-winning series and the most popular fiction stories in the market today.

Classes at both elementary schools use library devices to access World Book and other online databases, enabling students to begin forming the research skills they will use consistently through middle and high school.

Middle School Library

The Elm Middle School Library continues the tradition of engaging readers with enthralling books that stoke a passion for lifelong reading.

Students also continue to develop their research, technology and digital literacy skills by building on their experience with databases and collaborating with their peers through document sharing.

Our experienced staff provides help on how to incorporate larger inquiry-based research programs into their studies.

High School Library

The Elmwood Park High School Library strives to fortify students with the research, technology and digital literacy skills they need for college and the marketplace beyond.

The EPHS Library also continues the tradition of collecting the most exciting books for pleasure reading, including suspense thrillers, dramas, supernatural and relationship books.

Book clubs and literary clubs help encourage our more ambitious readers and writers to reach their potential.

Partnership with EP Public Library

District 401 also works with the Elmwood Park Public Library to ensure that our students have access to a full range of resources.

For more information, please visit our Digital Resources at EP Public Library page.

To Learn More

Looking for the full range of District 401's library resources? We invite you to explore our District's school libraries in greater detail by visiting the pages listed below or by clicking the links located in the left-hand column of this page.

Elmwood Elementary Links

John Mills Elementary Links

Elm Middle Links

EPHS Links