The Listening Booth

Hugh McCann

The Listening Booth was installed in Exeter Library in 2019. A new, innovative and co-designed addition to the Library, the Listening Booth was a new space to listen to stories and sounds. Combining cutting edge speaker technology and co-design by pupils at WESC foundation – specialist centre for Visual Impairment- users entered a fully accessible audio only space where you could lose yourself in new audio pieces every month, including new commissioned works from Exeter writers.

A place to rest and listen to audio. The Listening Booth was a wooden structure that seats two and uses a directional speaker to play audio that only those within the booth can hear.

It is designed to offer new and existing library goers, including visually impaired people, another way to engage with content in the library. Every four weeks, four new pieces of audio were programmed into the booth.

Supported by Libraries Unlimited, Arts Council England and Exeter City Council. Built with Knowle West Media Centre: The Factory.

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