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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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    Ama-Zine Adventures in Remaking History (Midsumma Festival)
    7pm, Thursday 30 January 2019

    Make Zines to remake Melbourne’s LGBTQI+ history during this year’s Midsumma Festival!

    Learn about queer history in Melbourne. Bring your ephemera and/or photos and join us for this zine making workshop using stories, inspiration and assistance from staff, volunteers and the ALGA/PMI collections.

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May 18

Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

Clunes Booktown Festival 2018 We’re heading to the Clunes Booktown Festival 5-6 May 2018 this weekend and we’re bringing a van load of...
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Apr 18

ANZAC DAY Public Holiday

ANZAC DAY Public Holiday The PMI Victorian History Library will be closed for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday on Wednesday...
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Apr 18

Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute. 1.00pm, Saturday 12 May 2018 AGENDA Apologies. Confirmation of Minutes of AGM...
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