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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 Victorian Railway History Library

Latest COVID-19 update

On Sunday 18 October 2020 the Victorian State Government announced an update to restrictions currently in place across metropolitan Melbourne and Victoria.

At this stage all libraries in Melbourne will remain closed except for 'click and collect' activities until further notice.

At this stage it is likely that all libraries in Melbourne including the PMI will remain under these restrictions until well into November.

Please contact us on 0432 012 118 or email to seek further information.

Naturally if anything changes in regards to the above we will provide an update through our media channels.

Thank you.

The PMI team


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    Due to Stage 4 restrictions we are currently closed to our members, associated groups and the general community. We are operating a virtual library service. Please contact us at or 0432 012 118 for further details.

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