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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 and Theatre Historical Society and the AustralianRailway Historical Society (Vic.).


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    Melbourne Tartan Festival 2019
    We are running two events to help celebrate the Melbourne Tartan Festival. Dr James Donaldson will be giving a talk on the decline of the Gaelic language and running a workshop on Scottish family history.

Latest News

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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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