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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.).


  • The Extraordinary and the Ephemeral: Rare books of the PMI Victorian History Library
    Melbourne Rare Book Week Event
    Thursday 11 July, 7PM


    The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute was founded in 1854 and in the last 165 years it has accumulated a collection that not only covers the history of Victoria but contains many hidden gems. Come along as Collections Librarian Ellen Coates takes you through the treasures of the collection.

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May 19

It’s Our Birthday!

Today the PMI turns 165. On the first of May 1854 a meeting was held in Prahran,  the rules for...
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Apr 19

Reminder: RSVP Annual General Meeting

The PMI Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 7:00pm.  We request that members arrive...
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Mar 19

2019 Flash Fiction Competition Open

Our 2019 Flash Fiction Competition is open and this time we have two categories. After the huge response to our...
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