The incredible record libraries where you can listen to vast archives for free

Vinyl might have a rep for being a notoriously expensive endeavour, but right now hundreds of thousands of records are sitting, waiting to be played, from listening stations and audio set-ups designed exactly for this purpose.

These music havens are free, available every day of the week, and located around the world – in places better known for silence than for a cacophony of audio.

Welcome to the world of library sound archives, with an eye-watering range: from oratorial opera vocal tubes created in 1901 to comprehensive catalogues of original Motown pressings to field recordings of Polynesian tribes from the 1950s and everything in between.

Silence sure is golden, when it’s filled with this much music. …

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