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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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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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Photo of 1857 Silk Invitation

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Jul 19

Help us restore our original invitation from 1857!

Help us restore a beautiful original silk invitation to the opening of the Prahran Mechanics' Institute building 1857! In 1854...
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News Item Short Story Winners Image

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May 19

Flash Fiction Competition: Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Library and Information Week Flash Fiction Competition. The staff and...
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