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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.).


  • The Extraordinary and the Ephemeral: Rare books of the PMI Victorian History Library
    Melbourne Rare Book Week Event
    Thursday 11 July, 7PM


    The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was founded in 1854 and in the last 165 years it has accumulated a collection that not only covers the history of Victoria but contains many hidden gems. Come along as Collections Librarian Ellen Coates takes you through the treasures of the collection.

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Nov 18

Don’t Forget to RSVP to our annual Christmas Afternoon Tea

Don't Forget to RSVP to our annual Christmas Afternoon Tea Members and volunteers are reminded that RSVPs for our annual...
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Oct 18

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Melbourne Cup Public Holiday We will be closed for the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday on Tuesday 6 November 2018.  The...
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Aug 18

Early close on Thursday 6 September

Early close on Thursday 6 September Due to a staff function, the library will be closing early at 6PM on...
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