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Listening and Viewing Service

The Sound Archive's Listening and Viewing Service provides free onsite access to our collection of recorded sound and video. 

You can hear any item from the Archive's extensive holdings of published and unpublished recordings of music, wildlife, drama, literature and oral history. You can also listen to archived BBC Radio broadcasts.

How to use the service

You will need a Reader Pass to listen to our Sound collection in our Reading Rooms. The Library's Reading Rooms are open:

Mon - Thu: 10.00 - 20.00
Fri - Sat: 10.00 - 17.00
Sun and English Public Holidays: closed. 

Over 200,000 recordings are available for instant access without an appointment. For other recordings you may be asked to make an appointment.  You can contact us on:

T: +44 (0)20 7412 7418
F: +44 (0)20 7412 7441

British Library Sounds

British Library Sounds offers free online access to 80,000 selections from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings.