Listen to a selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings

British Library Sounds presents 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds.

The selection available here comes from the 3.5 million sounds held in the British Library. You can search and browse the entire collection with the sound and moving image catalogue.

The original selections were made during the Archival Sound Recordings (ASR) project that ran from 2004 to 2009 and which was funded by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) under its Digitisation Programme. British Library Sounds is the new name for Archival Sound Recordings. It retains all of the ASR content to which many thousands of new recordings have been added. New features and an improved player are available and the whole website has undergone a thorough re-design.