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Recorded Sound Research Center (Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division)

Notice: As the Library of Congress gradually begins to reopen its Reading Rooms for research, we are putting safety first with new procedures and practices that protect everyone’s health. Confirmed appointments are required for entry into Library facilities, and everyone must follow the health and safety protocols established by the Library, in consultation with public health professionals. Most of these protocols are mandatory, regardless of vaccination status. Starting on June 14, 2021, the Moving Image Research Center will provide access by appointment only between the hours of 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Please submit an Ask a Librarian, or call (202) 707-7833 to schedule an appointment. For more information, see:

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  • Location:
    101 Independence Ave. SE
    James Madison Building, LM 113
    Performing Arts Reading Room
    Washington, D.C. 20540-4690
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  • Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 4:00pm
    Closed Weekends &  Federal Holidays

  • Contact
Listeners are advised to contact the Recorded Sound Research Center two weeks prior to visiting.
  • All sound recordings are stored offsite and researchers must schedule a listening appointment at least two weeks in advance.
  • Most manuscript collections are stored offsite and require a week to be retrieved.
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The Recorded Sound Research Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress. The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings. In the custody of the Motion Picture Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division since 1978, the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs. The holdings complement the field recordings of the American Folklife Center and the moving image collections served in the Moving Image Research Center.

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  August 20, 2021
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