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Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts has been welcoming members and visitors for over 190 years, providing an inclusive environment for people to share their love of learning.
Home to Australia’s longest-running lending library and the Tom Keneally Centre, SMSA is an integral part of Sydney’s literature and cultural society.
SMSA offers a robust event program and invites members and visitors to attend.
Our convenient Sydney CBD location also provides a range of meeting rooms and event spaces for hire.
We invite you to explore what SMSA has to offer…
Daring Debaters: Exploring SMSA artifacts at the State Library of NSW
In celebration of our rich history, the SMSA was given exclusive access to the Special Collection at the State Library of NSW.
An inclusive members society with a passion for sharing knowledge
Since its inception, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts has always been a meeting place for lifelong learners eager to share their knowledge and skills. A self-funded, not-for-profit organisation wholly owned by its members, SMSA has made a major contribution to Sydney’s culture, industry, society, and politics since 1833.LEARN MORE
Open to SMSA members to browse and borrow
Our library collection has over 30,000 books on the shelves covering all genres including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, biography, and poetry. Many people know us for having the best crime fiction collection in Sydney.
Meetings and events in the heart of the city
SMSA offers several flexible and affordable meeting rooms and event spaces, which are all conveniently located right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. From our tiered theatre and multiple meeting rooms, to the unique book lovers venue, the Tom Keneally Centre, SMSA is the place to meet.
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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.