What can the ABC supply?

With 52 news bureaux across Australia, 13 international offices and 80 years of recording people, places and events, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has developed a library resource rich in its breadth and depth of coverage.

Critically-acclaimed and award-winning productions in the genres of news, current affairs, science, natural history, the arts, music and more form the extensive collection. You can search our online databases.

The ABC is a one-stop multi-media shop, providing access to footage, sound effects and audio grabs. The ABC library is made up of four media types including:

Footage
As well as an enviable international collection, the ABC library houses a priceless record of Australia's social, sporting, cultural and political life from the 1950s to today. It also includes a comprehensive collection of natural history, scientific and Indigenous footage.

The ABC's collection is supplemented by selected other content collections from operators who are specialist recorders of their field.

Stills
With many of the magic moments in the history of radio and television captured on film, the stills collection is an invaluable record of people, places and events.

Audio
The ABC has maintained an extensive collection of speeches, interviews and commentaries, which describe the landmark events of the past 80 years.

Sound Effects
To create impact the ABC's sound effects collection delivers a large range, including squawks, grunts, crashes and screeches, to enhance any multi-media production.

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