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    A New Home for the PMI!

    The PMI Library has moved to a new building at 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran. 


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  • 2015 PMI Short History Prize

    $500 for the winning author and $500 for the winner’s nominated historical group.

    Entries to be submitted by Friday 28 August 2015. Time to get WRITING!

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  • ON NOW: Exhibition:

    On the Home Front: WW1 in Caulfield and Beyond

    Explore a display featuring everyday life for those at home and the role of the community in supporting the war effort.

    18 April – 26 May 2015

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    Recent Additions (Feb 2015)

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Welcome to the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute

Established in 1854, the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia. With more than 25,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members, we provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria.

In addition to our extensive lending and reference library specialising in works about Victorian history, we organise educational activities including lectures, seminars and competitions to encourage and facilitate the study of history.

Joining is easy, affordable and open to all.

The PMI is also the home of special collections of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria, the Cinema & Theatre Historical Society and the Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.).

Opening hours

Monday - Friday9.30am-4.30pm

Saturday 9.30am-1.00pm

Except for Victorian public holidays and the Christmas-New Year period.