Q&A: Audio Books at Stanford Libraries

Do Stanford Libraries have audio books in their collections


We do not have an audiobook collection. I don't think you will find much in that format, but if you want to try to search for your favorite book or author and see if we have an audio version, you can do a "combined search" in Socrates, and limit the format to Recordings. We do have some poets and famous authors reading selections, but on the whole, these are not in a format that can circulate.

If you do a combined search and type under Subject: fiction or literature and Format: recordings you will probably get most of what we have available.

I found some interesting ones: Tortilla Flat; Grapes of Wrath; but most of the sound recording we have will be authors reading selections from their poetry or books.

The collection selectors do not buy audio-books as they have not been deemed to have any added value over the text to the research collection.

Although there will be a few "author's readings" these will not be that useful for patrons seeking company on a long commute.

Public libraries generally have large audio-book holdings for the patronage, and now, this need is generously met on the internet at sites like:

Simply Audio Books