Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Front View of the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is housed in a restored 139-year old building in the Carlton area of Melbourne. This is the first creative, learning and community. This centre features a library, community hall, learning and training rooms, computer lab, recording studio, meeting rooms, space for the elderly and children, etc.

The library has about 7 staff to manage over 2,50,000 collections. This community hub and library was opened in September 2015. This community hub and library is faithful to the building’s original architecture, innovative partnerships to deliver locally relevant services. This library is more elderly friendly and it has a dedicated staff to serve this clientele. The staff coordinates with various professionals and partners for rendering services to the elderly.

The library attracts between 800 and 1,000 visitors every day. The library operates from 09.00am to 7pm on Monday – Thursday, 09.00am – 05.00pm on Friday; 10.00am – 05.00pm on Saturday, and 12.00pm – 05.00pm.

This library provides the following services to the community for free:

• Collection of over 2,50,000 books and magazines for loan
• Quiet study space
• Dedicated space for elderly
• Children’s activity area
• Health camps
• Community hall
• Training room
• Meeting rooms
• Youth space
• 3D Printer
• Robotics training
• Reprographic service
• Community kitchen
• Free wi-fi
• Social enterprise café, Wild Timor Coffee
• Recording studio
• Podcasting

In the following Image Gallery section, you can see this library through pictures: