Tom Keneally Centre

The SMSA is proud to be the home of the Tom Keneally Centre.

Come and visit; it’s a perfect place to do some research or just enjoy some peace and quiet.

Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 10:30am – 2:30pm.


Tom Keneally Centre at Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts

Tom Keneally wearing a hat in the Tom Keneally Centre

Thomas Keneally - About the man

Booker Prize winner Thomas Keneally is one of Australia's best known and most respected authors.
Tom Keneally Centre

About the Tom Keneally Centre

The Tom Keneally Centre holds the research collection of world-renowned author Thomas Keneally, in addition to copies of his own works and some items from his private collection of photographs and memorabilia.
Frank Moorhouse (left) with Tom Keneally in the Tom Keneally Centre

Tom Keneally Centre - A Cultural Hub

A cultural hub, the Tom Keneally Centre is devoted to Australian literature and history, reflecting the synergy between the SMSA and Tom Keneally's approach to writing and to life; open access to knowledge, continued learning and social change.
Borrow from the Tom Keneally Centre

Borrow books from the Tom Keneally Centre

SMSA is pleased to announce that members can now borrow books from the Tom Keneally Centre collection, in addition to the main SMSA Library.

Events in the Tom Keneally Centre

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Membership Renewals are now due

Members, All SMSA annual memberships expire on 31 December and membership renewals are now due. Beat the end of year rush — renew now at the Library!
Tom Keneally Centre, books and Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally Centre open today — Drop in!

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre, the living legacy of award-winning author Thomas Keneally, described by sydney(magazine) as one of the top 20 most peaceful places in Sydney.
Tom Keneally Centre, books and Tom Keneally

Tom Keneally Centre open today — Drop in!

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre, the living legacy of award-winning author Thomas Keneally, described by sydney(magazine) as one of the top 20 most peaceful places in Sydney.

Tom Keneally News

19 Dec 2014 — Tom Keneally Centre Opening Hours for 2015

The Tom Keneally Centre will re-open over the extended holiday period as follows:

CLOSING:
Friday, 28th November 2014

REOPENING:
Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015

The Tom Keneally Centre will be open on Fridays on a trial basis starting February 2015. Members can now borrow from the Tom Keneally Centre.

OPEN Tuesdays & Thursdays
from 10:30am to 2:30pm.
NB:
Opening FRIDAYS in February 2015

Please contact Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts at tkc@smsa.org.au if you have any questions or if you would like to arrange special access.

See you in 2014!

1 Dec 2014 — Library Christmas Hours, Upgrade & Temporary Relocation

After the normal Library closure over the Christmas period, we will be commencing a Library refresh, replacing the carpet and freshly painting the walls, etc.

During this period, the Library will temporarily relocate to the Tom Keneally Centre on Level 3, which open for normal Library hours from 5 January until the Level 2 Library reopens.

We know you are all voracious readers and can’t do without your holiday reading, so for the Christmas period and until the Library re-opens on Level 2, you will be able to borrow:

  1. double the normal amount of books;
  2. new books for 3 weeks instead of the normal 2 weeks;
  3. from the Tom Keneally Centre collection; and
  4. eBooks, Audiobooks and eMagazines on your PC, iPad, Tablet or (for ebooks only) e-reader 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The main Library collection will be unavailable during the upgrade project.

The Library will reopen on Level 2 in mid to late January.

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12 Nov 2014 — Gift Certificates now available!

Is it too early to think about Christmas? We don’t think so!

Present your friends and family Membership Gift Certificates and share your love of SMSA.

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about Gift Certificates

The joy of giving

With an SMSA Gift Certificate, you can now give the gift of 1000s of books – whether they are books, ebooks, magazines, emagazines, or audiobooks! PLUS your friends or family will also be able to attend all of our fantastic events held here at the SMSA. They’ll also have all the benefits of membership of a historic organisation that’s been part of Sydney’s cultural landscape for over 180 years!

For just $15 they can have all this – and LOVE you forever.

Remember young, old, mums, dads, work mates, neighbours— anyone (over the age of 18) can join.

 

7 Nov 2014 — It’s time to renew your membership!

Members, All SMSA annual memberships expire on 31 December.

Beat the end of year rush —
renew now at the Library!

 

Our rates remain the same and there are loads of membership benefits:

download the Membership Form*

* WEA Members: Download the WEA Library Services Form

Great Value!

$15 – Ordinary membership
$10 – Concession membership
$10 – Readers (students only – no voting rights)

How to join

Just come into the Library at Level 2, 280 Pitt Street with ID showing your current address to join and borrow immediately.

OR

If you can’t make it into the Library, just get a JP to sign your form to verify your ID and address and mail your form in with a cheque. (NB: you can often find a JP at your local council, post office, police station, chemists or financial institution).

Memberships are annual and are due for renewal by 31 December each year.

Acceptable forms of ID are a driver’s licence, utility bill, electoral registration or concession card.

25 Sep 2014 — Even more benefits for members in 2015!

Are you aware of the recent additions to our already fabulous membership benefits?

We’re excited to be able to offer members even more benefits in 2015. You can read a summary of the new additions below.

Or find out about ALL the benefits of membership today.

Discover ALL the benefits of SMSA membership today.

 

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