Audio recordings and sound

Audio recordings available from the library, including CDs, spoken word, sound effects, radio on-demand, and more.

Audio recordings and sound effects

The library has a collection of recordings on CD, including spoken-word and sound effects.

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Radio on-demand

  • Box of Broadcasts
    The Box of Broadcasts service allows you to search, record, and play archived sound recordings from national radio stations.
  • Independent Local Radio
    Audio files from four archives of Independent Local Radio from 1973 to 1996.


In addition there are databases and websites which contain audio recordings, including music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

  • Audio Arts
    The seminal sound art magazine is one of the most comprehensive aural archive of artists’ voices and sound art in the world. Audio Arts represents one of the most comprehensive and coherently-focused sound archive devoted to art and artists in the world, featuring exclusive contributions from more than 900 individual artists.
  • British Library Sounds
    Archival Sound Recordings is the result of a development project to increase access to the British Library Sound Archive's extensive collections. The British Library holds one of the world’s foremost sound archives with a collection of over 3.5 million audio recordings.

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