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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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PMI Library Survey

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Celebrate older Victorians this October

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National Family History Month Events

  National Family History Month Events We are celebrating National Family History Month by hosting various events throughout August.  ...
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