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  • The PMI Library will be closed for the Australia Day Public Holiday on Thursday 26 January 2017. 

    (Image: Posters advertising special fares and timetable changes during  the Australia Day holiday periods in Victoria 1937/1938 Public Holiday courtesy of  State Library Victoria (  Creator: Victorian Railways)


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Latest News

PMI Library Staff Updates

Tuesday, 13/12/2016

We are both happy and sad to announce that after 16 years at the PMI, Tim McKenna (Secretary Librarian) is officially retiring from his position at the end of this year. Read more…

PMI Library Christmas/New Year Hours

Monday, 03/12/2016

The PMI Library will be closed during the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

CLOSED: 4:30pm, Friday 23 December 2016
REOPEN: 9:30am, Monday 9 January 2017

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2016 Victorian Community History Awards

Thursday, 20/10/2016

PMI would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards.

In particular, we would like to congratulate members Pam Baragwanath and Ken James who were the overall prize winners for ‘These Walls Speak Volumes’ and our Vice President, Judith Buckrich who was the recipient of the Local History – Small Publication Award for ‘The Village of Ripponlea’.  Read more…

Announcement: 2016 Short History Prize Winner 

Tuesday, 18/10/2016

The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute would like to congratulate Neville Lee from the Camberwell Historical Society for his entry The Story of Ashburton Through the Ages.

This year’s winner is a well-researched and detailed description of the development of this little known area of greater Melbourne. Interestingly told with detail of the wider history as well as what happened locally, it is also well illustrated with maps and photographs.

The author receives $500, a certificate and a PMI voucher and the nominated historical society also receives $500. Read more…


The PMI Library is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia.

We have over 30,000 books for loan and a professional information service for our members. We provide a central resource for research into the history of Victoria.

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

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm
Thu: 9.30am-7.00pm

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