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  • We will be closed for the Grand Final Eve Public Holiday on Friday 28 September 2018.

    The Returns Chute will be open.  Alternatively, you can renew your items online via our the library catalogue.

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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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  • Our politics and government resources are expanding and cover a true span of Australian political history. They range from modern political biographies and discussions on the 2016 election, to colonial politics in the 18th century.

    These resources can add a macro dimension to a micro project and can just be fascinating reading in their own right.

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

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

 

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May 17

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting In accordance with Section 5 of the Rules of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute and...
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Feb 17

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch The PMI Library staff attended the book launch of W.H. Blakeley: pioneer saw maker, farmer &​...
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Feb 17

Volunteer News

Volunteer News One of our dedicated volunteers, John, turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and still came in on...
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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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T: 03 9510 3393 or email us here

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