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  • Event: “Sodomy”

    A tangental exploration of the dark swamps of Prahran (Thursday 7 February, 7pm)

    The PMI Victorian History Library makes its 2018 Midsumma Festival debut.

    Presenter, Cam Knuckey will paint you a twisted picture of the historical underground of Prahran.

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  • We will be closing early on Friday 7 December 2018 for a staff function.

    The library will be open from 9:30am and will close at 12:00pm.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.





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  • We will be closed during the holiday period from 12pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen on at 9:30am on Monday 7 January 2019.

    The PMI staff and Committee wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

    The returns chute will be open should you wish to return items during this period. You can also renew your items online at



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  • We hold a variety of indexes ranging from Australia’s Army war dead, to Victorian mining accidents.

    These indexes provide primary resources, the footsteps of real people that get lost in the broader narrative of more general histories.

    They can be invaluable, for family history researchers in particular.

    The indexes can be found on the library computers under indexes.

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  • The core of the PMI’s collection is its selection of books on individual towns in Victoria and wider Australia. We hold books on the vast majority of towns in Victoria and a growing collection of books in interstate towns. Histories of towns and institutions within towns, such as churches and schools, not only give an excellent impression of what the town was like, they also often include information on the townspeople and institutions.  The PMI is the only institution that is actively collecting these resources to ensure that the history of Victoria and interstate towns are preserved.


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  • Did you know the PMI Victorian History Library has a Blog?

    This blog has monthly Plotting History segments which highlight how members use the library and give a fascinating insight into their research. We have everything from professional historians, to fiction writers, to architects and family historians. It promises to be a panoply of the past!

    We also post member and staff book reviews.

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  • Do you follow us on our Facebook or Twitter page?

    We regularly share what’s happening around the library along with other fun and interesting history related information.

    Facebook | Twitter 

    Don’t forget to hit ‘Follow’ 🙂

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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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MONDAY: 9:30am-4:30pm TUESDAY: 9:30am-4:30pm WEDNESDAY: 9:30am-4:30pm

THURSDAY: 9:30am-7:00pm FRIDAY: 9:30am-4:30pm SATURDAY/SUNDAY: CLOSED

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

2018/2019 Chistmas/New Year Holiday Period

CLOSED: 12:00pm, Friday 21 December 2018  |  REOPEN:  9:30am Monday 7 January 2019



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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 & Theatre Historical Society and the Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.).

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