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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.).


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    Ama-Zine Adventures in Remaking History (Midsumma Festival)
    7pm, Thursday 30 January 2019

    Make Zines to remake Melbourne’s LGBTQI+ history during this year’s Midsumma Festival!

    Learn about queer history in Melbourne. Bring your ephemera and/or photos and join us for this zine making workshop using stories, inspiration and assistance from staff, volunteers and the ALGA/PMI collections.

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Oct 19

High Street Road Closure

High Street Road Closure High Street is currently closed between Punt Road and Williams Road due to tram works until...
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Sep 19

New Website Coming Soon!

New Website Coming Soon! We are very excited to announce that we have been successful in obtaining two grants from...
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Jul 19

New Book: The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran

Media Release The World Is One Kilometre: Greville Street, Prahran by Judith Buckrich Published by the Prahran Mechanics Institute Press,...
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