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The Sound Gallery in Gateshead Central Library is one of the largest audiovisual libraries in the region. We offer a wide range of music and film on CD, DVD and Blu-ray to suit all tastes.

Come and join us

Just pop in with proof of your address, something like a household bill or bank statement and we'll sort it. Full membership is restricted to people 18 and over, but everyone else can sign up for music. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Something for Everyone


We've thousands of CDs offering you the best in Pop, Rock, Easy Listening, Classical, Blues, Country, Soundtracks, Ambient, World, Reggae, Folk & Jazz. Nice

Film & TV

Over 12,000 DVD & Blu ray discs for your viewing pleasure. We buy the latest releases and have an amazing back catalogue of TV Classics, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Musicals, World Cinema, Vintage & Contemporary Classics as well as a bunch of titles for kids of all ages.

Language Courses

From Swedish to Swahili on CD, plus French & Spanish on DVD


We give you access to PCs and laptops (now free) with email, the Internet and Microsoft Office. Gateshead Libraries also subscribes to a range of online resources: check out our eLibrary


We have a collection of novels which have inspired some of your favourite films and a great range of Film, TV and Music books, 'Learn to Play' guides and Music Scores

Opening Hours

Monday: 9am to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 7pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm

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Friday Film Club

Friday Film Club

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Friday Film Club


Michael Glancey
Michael Glancey
Sound Gallery


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Gateshead Central Library
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8440

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