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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.).

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    Melbourne Tartan Festival 2019
    We are running two events to help celebrate the Melbourne Tartan Festival. Dr James Donaldson will be giving a talk on the decline of the Gaelic language and running a workshop on Scottish family history.

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Aug 18

Early close on Thursday 6 September

Early close on Thursday 6 September Due to a staff function, the library will be closing early at 6PM on...
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Aug 18

PMI Library Survey

PMI Library Survey We'd love to get an idea about who our members are and how you use our library. ...
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Aug 18

Celebrate older Victorians this October

The annual Victorian Seniors Festival is back for its 36th year, celebrating and supporting older Victorians to participate in community...
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