Recording the library while deep in the stacks

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experience the library with your ears

About is a site that houses sound recordings of libraries. It helps you hop into a library, aurally, from anywhere on the Web. illustrates that the library is not a single thing. It's not a single experience. The sound in a library can range from vibrant and playful if you're in a children's room or quiet and weighty if you're in a reading room.

Noise can be good

A bit of ambient noise can push thinking in positive ways. If your environment is too quiet, it's possible to become too focused and end up trapped in a silence bubble. The right type of sounds at the right volume can be helpful.


Jeff Goldenson and I built the together in the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

Source Code

Source code is available through a dual MIT/GPL license on GitHub.

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