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  • We will be closed for the Australia Day Public Holiday on Friday 26 January 2018.

    Our returns chute will be open. You can also renew your items online via our catalogue.

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  • We collect and index journals from all historical societies in Victoria. Indexing means that every relevant historical article in these journals is fully searchable on our catalogue. These journals cover an astounding array of minutia from their communities’ histories and there is nowhere else this sort of information is available. It is the small scale of history that is not covered in books and in more general resources.

    We also hold general interstate journals from society’s such as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Genealogy Society’s, the Art Deco Society, the Journal of Australian Ephemera and Newsrail.

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  • The PMI Library has more than 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.  We hold many titles that are unavailable elsewhere.  It is the only lending collection of its kind in Australia that is available for loan to the general public.

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  • Electronic databases are often overlooked, and the PMI’s collection can provide a myriad of information.

    They range from directories like the Sands and McDougall’s directories which cover addresses in first Melbourne and then Victoria, to hospital indexes, to registries for example cemetery burial registries from a wide variety of Victorian cemeteries, to gazettes for example the police gazette, which covers all sorts of ways that people came into contact with the law. These are just examples of some of these sorts of resources and they can be invaluable as they can give you firsthand primary information.

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Jan 18

Cato Square Construction/Road Closures

- Cato Square Construction/Road Closures - Construction on the Cato Square project in Prahran starts Monday 15 January 2018 and the...
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Jan 18

EFTPOS and Credit Card payments now available

- EFTPOS and Credit Card payments now available - We have some great news to bring in the New Year. ...
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Dec 17

Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017 As the year draws to a close and thoughts turn to summer, Boxing Day cricket and days...
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Oct 17

Prahran’s History on Display: Cato Street Archaeological Dig

Prahran's History on Display: Cato Street Archaeological Dig Earlier this year the Cato Street carpark in Prahran was the site...
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Oct 17

Check out our new Blog

Instituting the Past: The inner mechanics of the PMI Victorian History Library (Blog)  We are very excited to launch our...
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Sep 17

Grant Announcement 

Grant Announcement  We are pleased to announce the successful outcome of our recent grant application as part of the 2017-18...
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Jul 17

2017 PMI Press Publication

2017 PMI Press Publication Where Did All the Blacksmiths Go? by Shirley Xanthos The PMI Press is excited to announce its...
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May 17

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting In accordance with Section 5 of the Rules of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute and...
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Feb 17

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch The PMI Library staff attended the book launch of W.H. Blakeley: pioneer saw maker, farmer &​...
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Feb 17

Volunteer News

Volunteer News One of our dedicated volunteers, John, turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and still came in on...
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Welcome!

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.

T: 03 9510 3393 or email us here