Tom Keneally Centre

The SMSA is proud to be the home of the Tom Keneally Centre (TKC), Thomas Keneally’s living legacy to Australia, holding books that have significance to him.

Everyone Welcome!

Opening Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
from 10:30am – 2:30pm.

Level 3, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

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

tom keneally in the TKC

Tom Keneally Centre OPEN — Everyone Welcome

Visit the Tom Keneally Centre — Everyone Welcome. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays every week. Find out the dates Tom Keneally will be working in the TKC.
Dr Nicola Gates A Brain for Life

Dr Ling Ronnebeck — Brain Health

SMSA Members Only. Dr Ling Ronnebeck will discuss brain functioning and the early warning signs of dementia, along with lifestyle factors that may help to reduce the risk.

Tom Keneally News

3 Feb 2019 — Tom Keneally Centre reopens for 2019

After taking a break over the extended-holiday period, the Tom Keneally Centre will reopen on Tuesday, 5th Feb 2019.

Everyone is welcome to drop in! Uou do not need to be a member to visit and use this fabulous space, however SMSA members can borrow books from the collection.

OPEN Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

If you have any other questions, please drop us a line at

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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11 Jan 2019 — RSNSW & SMSA Joint Lectures for 2019

The Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, are delighted to present two new collaborative lecture series in 2019, Speaking of Music… and Women and Science.

The next lecture is as follows:

Next Lecture

Thursday, 17 October 2019
Women & Science Lecture #7
Women at the Frontiers of Biotech


Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
280 Pitt Street, Sydney


6.00pm – Registration/Drinks
6:30-7:30pm – Talk
Light refreshments will be served before the lecture


$15 – SMSA Members
$15 – Royal Society Members and Fellows
$20 – Guests and General Entry

Everyone Welcome
NB: Limited places are available for this talk. Online bookings must be paid by credit card.  If you wish to pay by cash, please book in the SMSA Library.


10 Jan 2019 — Australia Day Opening Hours 2019

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be CLOSED over the 2019 Australia Day long weekend.

Full details are available to the left.

We hope you have an enjoyable and safe long weekend!

renew your membership before the grace period ends.

All annual memberships were due on 31 Dec. The Grace Period for membership renewals ends on 31 Jan 2019.

18 Dec 2018 — 2018 in Review: Gone But Not Forgotten

We have written this tribute to some of our favourite authors whom we lost in 2018.

Although they have departed we can still read the books that made us love them in the first place.  What are your favourite titles by these beloved authors?


Summer Reading Guide

Check out the other lists from the SMSA’s 2018 in Review articles.

SMSA’s Top 10 Books

SMSA’s Top 10 Mysteries

SMSA’s Top 10 eBooks & Audiobooks

The Year’s Best Books (Award-Winners)

Gone But Not Forgotten

We’d love your suggestions

Have you read something you loved this year, but it’s not part of our collection? Or maybe there’s a book you wish we had? We’re always happy to hear your suggestions! You can share your book recommendations by writing in the suggestion book at the library desk, or submit online via the library catalogue or suggest a book for the library to purchase