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                    Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre

                    A $15.5 million restoration has transformed the 139-year-old Kathleen Syme building in Carlton into the area’s first-of-its-kind creative, learning and community space.

                    The building is home to a comprehensive library, as well as learning and training rooms with a computer lab, recording studio, meeting rooms, community activity spaces, café and also includes free WiFi.

                    Externally, the restoration remained faithful to the building’s original architecture, however behind the stunning Victorian-era façade is a modern, welcoming and accessible centre where all members of the community can read, connect, learn and create.

                    In a nod to the building’s former life as a state school, the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is now open for new learning.

                    The centre caters for a variety of needs and spaces, including:

                    • new library featuring over 40,000 items in a wide range of formats and languages (10 per cent of the materials are in Chinese, Japanese or Korean)
                    • bookable multi-purpose meeting spaces and facilities including a recording studio, conference rooms and training and technology rooms
                    • social enterprise café, Wild Timor coffee.

                    See What's on for more information about events at Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre.

                    You can also visit us in person for more information about the centre's programs and activities and other City of Melbourne information and services.

                    The customer service front desk opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

                    Opening hours

                    The centre’s opening hours are slightly different from the library opening hours.

                    • Monday to  Thursday: 9am to 7pm
                    • Friday: 9am to 6pm
                    • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
                    • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm.  

                    Community groups are able to book and use the centre outside opening hours.

                    Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre floor plan

                    Who was Kathleen Syme?

                    A rich and diverse history

                    Sustainable solutions

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                    Contact us

                    Contact name
                    Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
                    Address
                    251 Faraday Street
                    Carlton
                    Telephone number
                    9658 7310
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