Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA) has been proudly supporting its Members for 190 years.

We are committed to providing our membership with services and benefits designed to continuously improve performance and to help build a successful and sustained community.

The SMSA is home to the Tom Keneally Centre and operates the longest–running continuous lending library in Australia.

SMSA Today

Members stay connected by getting involved in dedicated group events, the library, film nights, and attending talks.

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is a self-funded not-for-profit organisation, wholly owned by its members and has made a major contribution to Sydney’s culture, industry, society and politics since 1833.

Learn more about our history


Open to SMSA members to browse and borrow.

Our library collection has over 30,000 books on the shelves – covering all genres inclusing fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, biography and poetry. Many people know us for having the best crime fiction collection in Sydney.

What’s On

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Henry Carmichael Theatre
Tom Keneally Centre
SMSA Catering
Meeting Rooms

Venue Hire

Hire our spacious Theatre or our flexible Meeting Rooms that can be configured to meet your needs.

Hire an SMSA Venue for your next AGM, conference or product launch. Our rooms are perfect for talks, lectures, seminars and training days, not to mention committee meetings, film nights, and recreation groups.


When you join SMSA as member, you get a wide range of benefits.

Access to the SMSA Library

We are home to a unique collection of books, a highlight being our Mystery and Crime section.

Able to borrow from the Tom Keneally Centre

We are honoured to be the home of Tom Keneally’s personal collection of books, many of which have been used as research for his own work.

Access to member only events

Join a members group, share your passions, learn new skills and get involved.

Access to member only activities such as members groups

We provide a variety of member only events, these are relaxed social occasions to have fun and make new friends.

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