The Prahran Mechanics' Institute library has been specialising in Victorian history for over 30 years. It is an indepth research collection containing over 30,000 items relating to Victorian cities, towns, regions and localities as well as their people and families, businesses and industries, schools and services, clubs and recreation, crime and police, religion and politics, natural history and prehistory.
The following organisations keep their collections at the PMI:
Mechanics' Institutes of Victoria,
Cinema & Theatre Historical Society,
Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.)