The Girvan Library has a small but growing collection of Audio Books. These are in CD format and kept on the issues desk.

Most are texts studied by the English department in audio form.

There are also many websites that provide free access to audio books.

  • Project Gutenberg has digital access to out-of-copyright material: from The Odyssey to Heart of Darkness and beyond.
  • SYNC offers free Young Adult & Classic audio book downloads in the summer months to introduce the listening experience.

If you don’t feel like reading a book, why not listen to one?

Free online audio material:

Major radio stations throughout the world also provide access to a wealth of audio content for streaming or download. Some of our favourites include:

BBC iPlayer is the home of all digital content from the 12 BBC stations. Everything is covered search programmes from the last 7 days that cover News, Sport, Drama, Documentary, Top 40 music or the latest indie tunes.


Every week, the folks at This American Life in Chicago produce a 1 hour programme exploring aspects of the American culture through the work of writers, artists, producers and every-day people. Often hilarious, always inquisitive, the show has world-wide appeal as many of the aspects of the American experience relate to the human condition in general.

Subscribe to the weekly podcast or stream a show from the Archive dating back to 1995!

If you can’t decide what to listen to – check out their favourite shows.


nz radioThe finest in New Zealand content. Listen live or listen again. You may be surprised what National Radio has to offer. One thing it does not offer though, is ads.