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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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Jul 18

National Family History Month Events

  National Family History Month Events We are celebrating National Family History Month by hosting various events throughout August.  ...
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Jun 18

Bargain Book Day

Bargain Book Day Saturday 14 July - 10:30an-3:00pm The Friends of the PMI Library are holding a Bargain Book Day....
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Jun 18

2018 Short Story Competition: Winner Announced

 2018 Short Story Competition: Flash Fiction - Winner Announced We are pleased to announce the winner of our inaugural 2018...
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