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

Talkabout in the Mitchell Theatre

Our 2019 events will be announced shortly &madash; Stay Tuned!

Join us at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts in 2019 for a cracking line-up of events and talks.

Tom Keneally News

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


5 Oct 2018 — Membership Renewals for 2019 are now open

Membership renewals for 2019 are now open.



Memberships are due on 31 Dec each year. A Grace Period applies until 31 Jan.
Discover the benefits
of SMSA membership.
Find out more
We’ve made renewing easier than ever. You don’t even need to fill in a membershipform.
 SPECIAL DEAL for new members! Join for 2019 today, and get the rest of 2018 FREE.
Just visit the Library on L2
and we’ll do the rest.ORMail in a cheque
written on the back.OR

Pay online by credit card
in the ‘Invoice/Reference’ section.

Renew & Pay via Credit Card

NB: We can only accept cash in the Library.
Please do not send cash through the mail.

Just fill in a membership form
and bring ID showing your address
to the SMSA Library.ORGet your form signed by a JP (to verify your ID & Address details) and mail it with a cheque or proof of credit card payment.

Download the Membership Form

NB: Please write NEW MEMBER + YOUR NAME on the back of the cheque
or in the ‘Invoice/Reference’ section of the credit card form.


Please contact our helpful Library Staff on 02 9262 7300 or for assistance.

21 Sep 2018 — A Message from Tom Keneally

Welcome to the TKC to all readers and writers.

I’m recovering at home after a fairly major operation. I’m making good headway but unfortunately it will be a little while before I’m back at the Tom Keneally Centre. I’m looking forward to getting back to the TKC, and the readers, writers and SMSA members who visit it. In the meantime, please accept my best wishes.