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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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    Volunteer & Member Christmas Afternoon Tea

    Our annual Christmas Afternoon Tea is on at 2pm on Saturday 7 December. Don't forget to RSVP so we can ensure to cater appropriately.

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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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Apr 18

Important Carpet Update: Extended Closure

  Due to unforeseen issues with the restretching and repair of the carpet, there has been a delay with moving...
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