British Library Sounds

Listen to a selection from the British 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.

We are delighted to announce that in 2020 we will begin moving all recordings available here to a completely redesigned website with many additional recordings. In anticipation of the change we will disable this site’s notes, tags, favourites, playlists and embedding features on 30 June 2019.