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.
Claire Keegan - How Fiction Works workshop

How Fiction Works — Masterclass with Irish Writer, Claire Keegan

Join Irish writer Claire Keegan for a masterclass is designed for anyone who reads, writes, teaches or edits fiction. It will introduce and focus on fiction as a temporal art.

Tom Keneally News

27 Mar 2018 — Easter Opening Hours 2018

SMSA will be CLOSED over the Easter holiday weekend (Good Friday to Easter Monday, inclusive).

The Library will be re-open for business as usual Tuesday, 3 April at 8:45am.

We wish all our members and clients a safe and relaxing break!
SMSA Board and Staff


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2 Jan 2018 — Grace Period for 2018 membership renewals ends on 31 Jan

Have you renewed your membership?

  • All annual memberships expired at the end of 2017.
  • A Grace Period is in place until 31 January 2018.

Act now and renew before the Grace Period ends on 31 January to ensure there are no gaps in your borrowing and membership rights.

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

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Great Value!

$20 – Ordinary membership
$15 – Concession membership
$15 – Readers (students only – no voting rights)