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Ephemera Zoom Roadshow, Wednesday 30 September at 7.30pm

Written on September 26, 2020 at 6:16 pm, by

Join us on Wednesday 30 September at 7.30pm for our ‘Ephemera Roadshow’. Bring along an item of interest for ‘show and tell’ via Zoom. Further details and bookings are here at For further details please contact us on 0432 012 118.

Our ‘virtual’ library service

Written on September 18, 2020 at 8:19 am, by

Our ‘virtual’ library service keeps you connected to as much of our resources as possible. This includes provision of electronic copies of journals, reports, directories and a limited number of e-books. We can also scan contents pages, indexes, chapters and in some cases the entire book (depending on copyright) and email them to you orContinue Reading

September events: Zooming into ‘Click and collect’ and more…

Written on September 17, 2020 at 2:17 pm, by

We are very excited to be returning to ‘Click and collect’ and to be continuing with our online events using Zoom. We thought it a great time for a casual session introducing or refreshing your knowledge of how to use the features of Zoom and the PMI library website to reserve items to click andContinue Reading

‘Click and Collect’ now available at PMI

Written on September 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm, by

We are pleased to announce that from Wednesday 16 September 2020 a ‘click and collect’ service will operate each Wednesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Please contact us for further information.

PMI re-opens

Written on March 23, 2020 at 3:22 pm, by

Hello everyone, We have re-opened from Tuesday 16 June but with amended hours as follows: Monday – Closed Tuesdays to Thursdays – 9.30am to 4.30pm Friday – Closed As the situation changes we will keep you informed. Please contact us on (03) 9510 3393, mobile 0432 012 118 or email if you have anyContinue Reading

Amended opening hours

Written on March 16, 2020 at 8:25 am, by

Amended opening hours To try and protect our members, staff, volunteers, co-tenants and the public in response to COVID-19 the PMI Victorian History Library will operate with reduced opening hours from Tuesday 17 March until at least Monday 30 March 2020 with ongoing review. Please note given the current situation this may change at anyContinue Reading

New Website Coming Soon!

Written on September 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm, by

New Website Coming Soon! We are very excited to announce that we have been successful in obtaining two grants from the Bendigo Bank which will allow us to carry out a much-needed redevelopment of our website. Not only will the new website have a new modern and fresh design, but it will address current accessibilityContinue Reading

Help us restore our original invitation from 1857!

Written on July 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm, by

Help us restore a beautiful original silk invitation to the opening of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute building 1857! In 1854 Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was established after meetings convened by Rev William Moss, for the Mental and Moral Improvement and Rational Recreation of its Members, by means of Lectures, Discussions, Library, Reading Rooms, Classes, Museum, PhilosophicalContinue Reading

Flash Fiction Competition: Winners Announced

Written on May 21, 2019 at 11:01 pm, by

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Library and Information Week Flash Fiction Competition. The staff and committee of the PMI Victorian History Library would like to congratulate Linda Martin for her successful entry Her Uncle the Historian submitted under the adult competition and to Oban Ford for his successful entry TheContinue Reading

Update: Annual General Meeting and Sandringham Train Line

Written on May 20, 2019 at 3:26 pm, by

Notice of Motion Passed – Annual General Meeting On Thursday 16 May 2019, at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the majority of members (41 to 1) voted in favour of the motion: “that the PMI requests that the government revokes its incorporation under the Prahran Mechanics’ Institutes Act 1899 and becomes incorporated under the AssociationsContinue Reading