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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.).


  • Collage of image of Greville Street over the years
    Exhibition: The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran

    Throughout August, we are hosting this free exhibition which accompanies award winning author/historian, Dr Judith Buckrich's new book.

    The book explores 180 years of life in the area from before European settlement to the present day.

    The exhibition is available for viewing form Monday 5 August, during library hours.

Latest News

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Mar 18

Library Closure: Monday 26 March – Friday 6 April

| Library Closure: Monday 26 March - Friday 6 April | The PMI Victorian History Library will be closing for...
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2018 AHF News Image

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Feb 18

2018 Australian Heritage Festival

*2018 Australian Heritage Festival* The PMI Victorian History Library is once again be participating in the Australian Heritage Festival. We...
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Image Michelle Negus Cleary

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Feb 18

Plotting History: Michelle Negus Cleary

*Plotting History: Michelle Negus Cleary* You can now check out the most recent 'Plotting History' post over on our Blog....
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