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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

COVID update

The PMI has reopened on Wednesday 28 July 2021 from 9.30am following State Government announcements on Tuesday.

Please note that you must wear a mask at all times unless you have an exemption and remember to socially distance whilst in the building.

Thank you.

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


May 21

Postponement of the AGM

Due to the rapidly escalating COVID situation in Greater Melbourne and Victoria tonight's AGM has been postponed. The decision was...
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May 21

Changes to opening hours

Please note from Monday 24 May 2021 our opening hours will be as follows: - Mondays - closed but 'click...
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Feb 21

Re-opening of PMI

The PMI will re-open on Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 10.00am. Please note that masks are mandatory when indoors at...
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