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  • We are once running and hosting a number of events throughout October.  Our event program is now live on our events page.

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  • People don’t always think of cemeteries when they’re conducting research about a place, but cemeteries hold a myriad of history in their grounds.  Cemetery records are invaluable for almost all types of research that have any tie to a place.

    We hold records for over 55 cemeteries – available electronically on the library computers as well as numerous books on the subject.  These resources of contain photos of headstones and lists of the cemeteries’ inhabitants.    |    Image © Ellen Coates

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  • We have a specialised and often fascinating fiction collection.

    We actively collection Australian classics to ensure that they are kept as part of our Australian history collection. We also collect titles from the Stella Prize short list and the Miles Franklin longlist and the Victorian Premier’s Literary awards.

    We see Australian literature as a key part of the history of Victoria and Australia. Additionally for lovers of mysteries we have a small Australian mystery collection.

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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.

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

 

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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.).

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