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About the web

The Sound Archive (hljodsafn.landsbokasafn.is) preserves and provides access to sound recordings stored in the National and University Library of Iceland.

The Sound Archive consists of digital copies of commercially published Icelandic sound recordings (records, CDs, cassette tapes and web-publications) along with interviews archived by the Centre of Oral History.

The Sound Archive is not exhaustive but digital conversion is ongoing.


Legal matters – Access to copyrighted material in the Sound Archive

Sound files

In accordance with an agreement with the Performing Rights Society of Iceland (STEF), dated July 9, 2018, the National and University Library of Iceland may grant access in its Sound Archive to short digital sound excerpts (20–25 seconds) from copyrighted sound recordings.

Any further use or publication of these sound excerpts is prohibited without an official consent from STEF or a copyright owner.

Guests at the National and University Library of Iceland can listen on-site to copyrighted sound recordings unabbreviated.

Artwork

Digital reproduction of albums, brochures or other material released with published recordings, are currently only accessible on-site at the National and University Library of Iceland as legal matters regarding copyrights have yet to be resolved.


Number of audio files Available inhouse Publicly available
36,711 36,707
in full length:
620
first 25 seconds: ©
33,086
Altogether:
33,706



The National and University Library of Iceland
Arngrimsgata 3 - 107 Reykjavik
Iceland
Tel: 525 5600
Fax: 525 5615
Email: landsbokasafn (hj�) landsbokasafn.is