published: 02 Feb 2021
On the corner of Faraday and Cardigan streets in Carlton, the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is the area's first creative, learning and community space.
Housed in a restored 139-year-old building, the centre is home to a comprehensive library featuring over 40,000 items in a wide range of formats and languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
The library also offers a computer lab, recording studio, meeting rooms, community activity spaces, a cafe and free wi-fi, providing a welcoming and accessible space for all members of the community to read, connect, learn and create.
The library was named after Kathleen Alice Syme (1896-1977), who was a journalist, company director and welfare worker.