Welcome to the PMI Victorian History Library Inc.

The PMI Victorian History Library Inc. is a community owned and run library specialising in the history of Victoria, Australia.

The library collection is the only lending collection of its kind in Australia โ€“ with over 30,000 books for loan and over 40,000 items on site, including titles that are unavailable elsewhere. You can find information about all aspects of the history of Victoria including:

  • Company Histories
  • Design & Architecture
  • Family History/Genealogy
  • First Nations Australians
  • Theatre & Cinema
  • Town History
  • Transport
  • Visual & Performing Arts

We also provide a professional information service for our members, access to a number of indexes, directories and online resources, as well as organise and present educational activities and events.

The PMI is also the home of:

Latest News

Celebrating 170 years, noting many a change

On the first of May in the year 1854, we proudly proclaimed our existence during a public gathering. Before the establishment of the town...

Meet Our Newest Board Member Professor Paul Collier

Professor Paul Collier recently joined the PMI Victorian History Library Board, and was appointed as Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit...

Our First Year Livestreaming Events

Here at the PMI Victorian History Library Inc. we have been conducting a little experiment. We want to reach more of our members and the...

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Opening Hours

Tues to Fri: 10.00amโ€“4.00pm
Sat to Mon: Closed

Contact Us

Join the Library

You will be supporting a not-for-profit, community organisation and one of the oldest libraries in Victoria.

PMI Newsletter

Our regular newsletter features information about what is happening at the library, upcoming events and articles about Victorian history.

Upcoming Events

Dec
6
Wed
Collective City Exhibition
Dec 6 2023 @ 12:00 pm โ€“ Mar 31 2024 @ 12:00 pm
Collective City Exhibition

๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Collective City Exhibition

Collective City showcases historic photographs of Melbourne from the state and federal government archives, alongside images representing our city today, curated from submissions by contemporary street photographers. The exhibition explores the moments of joy and connection that happen in our public spaces, between friends, family and strangers. It also highlights the ways people can feel disconnected or lonely in a crowd, and the divisions created by inequity of access to services and public spaces.

Featuring the work of Cathrin Plunkett, Francesca Donnoli, Gonzzalo Palta, Shiang Liew, Sally Coggle, Mark Davidson, Mike Reed, Nathan Coote, Andrew Wilson, Adam Sinclair, Jane Hinwood and Ilana Rose.

The exhibition will be at the PMI Victorian History Library from 6 December 2023, open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4:00pm till the end of March 2024.

No booking required to view this exhibition.

Feb
28
Wed
Family History Workshops
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am โ€“ 2:30 pm
Family History Workshops

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ Family History Workshops hosted by Wendy Eldridge from our Friends of the Library.

Do you want some guided help with your family history journey? We can help. Join a friendly and supportive environment while making use of the many resources available at the PMI Victorian History Library.

Our workshops will cover:
28 Feb – What you need to know what you Get Started
24 Apr – What Beginners should do
26 Jun – Special Guest
28 Aug – Doing your family history using Ancestry
30 Oct – Understanding Military Records and Resources

Bookings are essential.

Click here to register: https://www.trybooking.com/CMVYL

Mar
5
Tue
PMI Bookclub
Mar 5 @ 11:15 am โ€“ 12:15 pm
PMI Bookclub

๐Ÿ“– PMI’s Monthly Book Club – Led by Friend of the Library, Raymond.

Join a friendly, considerate and open group for a chat about books. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and choose our next book’s in advance. Keep an eye on your email and the PMI’s social media for details about what we are reading next.

In 2023 we read books like The Women In Black by Madeleine St John, Eucalyptus by Murray Bail and The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll. But we are always open to suggestions!

Click here to register: https://www.trybooking.com/CMWBA

Mar
16
Sat
PMI Library Book Sale
Mar 16 @ 10:30 am โ€“ 3:30 pm
PMI Library Book Sale

๐Ÿ”– PMI Victorian History Library Book Sale

Step into a treasure trove of literary delights at our upcoming booksale extravaganza! Get ready to embark on a thrilling exploration through the pages of second-hand classics and unearth hidden gems among our collection of rare books. For all the music aficionados out there, we’re thrilled to introduce a special addition to this year’s saleโ€”vinyl records.

Come along and grab treasures you wont find elsewhere!

 

Apr
2
Tue
PMI Bookclub
Apr 2 @ 11:15 am โ€“ 12:15 pm
PMI Bookclub

๐Ÿ“– PMI’s Monthly Book Club – Led by Friend of the Library, Raymond.

Join a friendly, considerate and open group for a chat about books. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and choose our next book’s in advance. Keep an eye on your email and the PMI’s social media for details about what we are reading next.

In 2023 we read books like The Women In Black by Madeleine St John, Eucalyptus by Murray Bail and The Time We Have Taken by Steven Carroll. But we are always open to suggestions!

Click here to register: https://www.trybooking.com/CMWBA

Recent Additions

Catch up on the latest additions to our collections.

Research Guides

Our staff can help with catalogue search, reference lookups & referrals.

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PMI Blog

Instituting the Past, a blog from the staff and members of the PMI library.