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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

Click and collect update

Our 'click and collect' service will not be available on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 October 2021.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

2020 Annual Report now available

The 2020 Annual Report is now available at the following link.

2020 AGM annual report




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    Opening hours, COVID safe

    We are open Tuesdays to Thursdays 9.30am to 4.30pm and Mondays for 'click and collect'. When you arrive at PMI please register at the front desk using Service Victoria's QR code app or we can register you. Hand sanitiser and wipes are placed on tables around the library for your use.

Latest News


Jul 21

COVID-19 update and library hours on Friday 9 July 2021

On Friday 9 July 2021 the PMI will close between 11.00am and 2.30pm. Please note that despite the easing of...
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Jun 21

COVID update – Friday 11 June 2021

COVID update The PMI will be reopening at 9.30am on Tuesday 15 June 2021. Please note that masks must be...
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Jun 21

COVID update

In line with updated greater metropolitan Melbourne restrictions the PMI will be closed until the updated restrictions are lifted. During...
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