Over 16,000 sound effects now available for free from the BBC Library

You can now download sounds like a South American parrot talking and a long wood creak

Over 16,000 sound effects have been made available for free from the BBC library.

The archive includes effects that have been used on the corporation’s radio output since the 1920s.

Now, the general public can download them for free for the first time. The library includes the likes of a South American parrot talking and screeching, an 11 month old baby boy playing with toys, and a 16-foot speedboat with a 40hp outboard pulling up to stop.


There is a catch with the library. Files can only be used for “personal, educational, or research purposes” as per the RemArc licence. You can access the sound effects in the BBC library here. The entire archive is tagged and searchable, making it easy to find all your obscure sound effects needs.

Meanwhile, the BBC has secured a ton of big names for its “Glastonbury replacement” festival, The Biggest Weekend. The event will take place in Belfast, Perth, Swansea and Coventry over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (May 25-28).

Florence + The Machine, Liam Gallagher, Taylor Swift, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Beck, Bastille, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Wolf Alice, Franz Ferdinand, Lykke Li and more are all set to appear at the event. Tickets and more information can be found here.