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Great Lecture Library

The Great Lecture Library is a subscription-based digital audio service created by the Chautauqua Institution, featuring a collection of 1200 lectures and sermons from over 600 speakers that have been recorded at the Chautauqua Institution over the past 35 years. The Great Lecture Library’s sermons and lectures are available as streaming audio and downloadable MP3s and they are presented by leaders in various fields including pastors, activists, professors, politicians, journalists, CEOs, and authors.

The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, located in Chautauqua, New York that serves as a center for Education, the Arts, Religion, and Recreation. Founded in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution has hosted everyone from Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Gershwin, and Ronald Reagan to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jane Goodall, and Karen Armstrong.

To access the the Great Lecture Library library, users must first become members by selecting from a variety of subscription packages. There are several different membership options specifically designed for individuals, libraries, schools, and religious organizations. For instituitions, subscription pricing varies depending on the amount of users the institution will have. Individual subscribers may choose from standard, premium, and deluxe annual subscription plans for subscription fees starting at $69.00 per year. Each plan includes a set number of free downloads in addition to being able to stream all lectures in the library for one year. Users can also subscribe to download individual lectures for the price of $5.95 per lecture with no subscription fee. The Great Lecture Library offers three minute streaming audio samples of all their lectures and sermons, and you can also sign up for a free 15-day trial subscription with access to all their lectures through streaming audio. Subscribe online or by calling 1-800-679-3646.