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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

PMI lift is now working

Our lift has finally been repaired as of late Wednesday evening 25 November and is back in service.

Thank you.

2019 AGM Notification

We wish to advise that our 2019 AGM (normally held in May each year) will be held on Tuesday 24 November 2020 commencing at 6.00pm.

Our AGM will be held via Zoom rather than at the PMI.

To book your attendance please click here where you will be taken to the TryBooking page.

The following are attachments in relation to the AGM.

PMI 2019 Annual Report

PMI AGM 2019 Agenda

PMI AGM 2018 agenda and minutes

Nomination form for Committee

Model rules for an incorporated association

We have several Committee vacancies following the announcement by our President Dr Judith Buckrich and long standing Committee member Cr John Chandler OAM that they wish to stand down and retire from Committee.

Two motions in regards to the process regarding the incorporation of the PMI under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012) will also need to be considered.

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

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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