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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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    Melbourne Tartan Festival 2019
    We are running two events to help celebrate the Melbourne Tartan Festival. Dr James Donaldson will be giving a talk on the decline of the Gaelic language and running a workshop on Scottish family history.

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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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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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May 19

Update: Annual General Meeting and Sandringham Train Line

Notice of Motion Passed - Annual General Meeting On Thursday 16 May 2019, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the...
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