For personal use, 'Guides' are collections of ML's best cuts of wildlife recordings. These are available for online purchase (and some for free).
Your purchase or licensing of media supports our cause.
You can order video, sounds, or digital images in the Macaulay Library collection for personal, educational, research, commercial, or other uses.
The Macaulay Library is a major international supplier of animal sound and video recordings. No project is too large or too small for us to handle!
We have provided recordings for biological research by graduate students and other scientists, field guides and related productions, reference collections for conservation, education, and wildlife management, backgrounds for museum, aquarium, and zoo exhibits, species exemplars for public and commercial media, sounds for toys, smartphone apps, and audible book products, enrichment of online websites, tools for teachers and more.
The Macaulay Library is your source for nature audio and video clips to compliment any project. Our goal is to make the sounds and footage in the archive readily accessible for a wide variety of users. Many of our sounds are also available on productions, some of which can be purchased on CD or downloaded instantly from our website.
The first step in obtaining media from us is to find what you are looking for.
Have an idea, but don’t know where to start? Our experienced and helpful team is available to be your creative collaborator and to assist you through our vast archive of assets.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To license media, you will need to create an account on macaulaylibrary.org.
So that you don't need to remember another password, Macaulay Library (ML) accounts are created through your Cornell Lab account. If you do not already have a Cornell Lab account, you will be prompted to create one.
If you are using a public computer, remember to logout of both ML, and your Cornell Lab account.
On our recording pages, you can add recordings to your cart. You can view your cart, and place your order through the "My Cart" item in our menu above.
You will be asked to supply us with your contact information, details of your project and the following additional information:
We will respond to your order within a few days, with an estimate of the studio time and the licensing fee, if applicable. You will not be charged until you approve the estimate and the order is complete. Many simple orders can be prepared quickly, but please plan for at least two weeks to process an order. If you need your order filled in less than two weeks, an expedited processing fee may apply.
As part of the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we are dedicated to providing recordings and services at reasonable rates for each user. Clips can be licensed at reasonable rates for commercial uses – the license fee depends on the term, territory, and usage requested. We can also engineer and edit clips as needed. Studio fees for engineering vary depending on how complicated the order is, whether the materials already exist in a digital format, and the extent to which they need to be edited. Typically, the fee is $75 per hour to prepare recordings for commercial uses, $50 per hour for institutions, and $25 per hour for individuals. There is no studio fee for student and research use. Discounts and bulk rates are also available.
Everyone who licenses media from the Macaulay Library must complete either a commercial or a non-commercial use agreement (see samples).