Guidelines for Listening to Recordings
Listening facilities, which are available without charge, are
provided for those doing research of a specific nature, leading
toward a publicly available work such as a publication, thesis
or dissertation, radio/film/television production, or public performance.
Scholars wishing to hear recordings must register at the Recorded
Sound Reference Center as users of rare materials and present their
Library of Congress Reader
should contact the Reference Center at (202) 707-7833 a week in
advance to make a listening appointment. Researchers wishing to
hear more than ten items should contact the Reference Center
two weeks in advance.
Only recordings from the collections
of the Library of Congress will be played.
The listener may request the record notes and/or jackets. Print
materials provided during a listening appointment must be returned
at the end of the appointment each day.
COPYING OF RECORDINGS IS NOT PERMITTED AND RECORDERS MAY
NOT BE TAKEN INTO THE LISTENING AREA. Copies of recordings
may be purchased from the Recording Laboratory after written authorization
is acquired from those who possess legal rights. For further information
consult the reference librarian in the Recorded Sound Reference
The Recorded Sound Reference
Center is closed on Saturday. Please keep in mind that cancellations
without sufficient notice tend to prevent others from having access
to the facilities. If cancellations, postponements, or delays are
unavoidable please call (202) 707-7833.