Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

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About Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a collection of world music, spoken word, and aural traditions.

Access provided courtesy of the California State Library.

Getting Started

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  • Click on the GO button above
  • Log in with your library card and PIN if asked


  • Over 3,000 albums and 45,000 tracks.
  • Browse by title, genre, instrument, cultural group, place, or performer/ensemble.
  • Downloadable liner notes.
  • Unlimited streaming.

Available for Use On

  • Desktop computers
  • Mobile devices
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