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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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May 17

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting In accordance with Section 5 of the Rules of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute and...
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Feb 17

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch

W.H. Blakeley Book Launch The PMI Library staff attended the book launch of W.H. Blakeley: pioneer saw maker, farmer &​...
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Feb 17

Volunteer News

Volunteer News One of our dedicated volunteers, John, turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and still came in on...
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