Bookshare for Schools

Students in classroom with tablets

Supporting schools closed due to COVID-19

Is your school closed due to COVID-19? Are you preparing to move classes online? Are you wondering how you will support students who struggle to read due to a learning difference?

Bookshare® is FREE online library that makes reading easier. With Bookshare, students who struggle with reading can access books in alternative formats and customize their reading experience to suit their individual learning style.  How can students read with Bookshare?

  • Listen to books in audio (and customize voices and reading speed)
  • Follow along with text and karaoke-style highlighting
  • Enlarge font sizes, change font type, color, background, and highlighting
  • Read in braille
  • Read on computers, tablets, smartphones, and assistive technology devices

See how Bookshare works.


Over 800,000 Ebooks

The Bookshare library has over 800,000 titles, including textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, award winners, college prep, young adult, and children’s books. Educators can easily and remotely assign books to students to read independently at home.


Who Qualifies for Bookshare?

To join Bookshare, students must have a qualifying disability like dyslexia, blindness, low vision, retinitis pigmentosa, and cerebral palsy. Educators can sign up all qualified students and provide unlimited access to books. Learn about qualifications.


FREE for U.S. Schools and Qualified Students

Bookshare is free for U.S. K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade schools, Perkins School for the Blind, and Hadley School for the Blind to support students with reading barriers. Qualified U.S. students can also sign up for free personal memberships. 


Get Started

Are you ready to join Bookshare ? View our Educators Get Started Guide for tips on signing up your school and setting up students. Then find a reading tool with our Reading Tool Wizard.


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Corey Straily, AT Specialist, trains San Diego Unified School District teachers on Bookshare

District Serves Special Education Students

San Diego Unified School District provides Bookshare access to over 1,800 students in special education. Collectively they have downloaded over 10,000 books in easy-to-read formats. Learn about their winning formula.