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ARHS members are welcome to come and browse the extensive collection of railway books and magazines in the Library.

The ARHS Library Collection is housed withiin The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Library.

General borrowing of items in the ARHS collection these items is not yet available while the collection catalogue is being incorporated into the PMI on-line catalogue and while other processing work such as book covering and bar-coding is completed.
However, ARHS members who are able to attend on Wednesdays when the Society’s library team is present can borrow using the old paper system.

Members are also reminded that they can borrow from and use the PMI collection. All that is required is for you to present your ARHS membership card and complete an application form. You will then be issued with a PMI membership card

Library Location

The Library is located at 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran – just 5 minutes’ walk from Prahran Station, tram and bus services.


Library Hours

Opening Hours (except on Public Holidays and Christmas to New Year) are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 09:30 – 16:30
Thursday: 09:30 – 19:00
Friday: 09:30 – 16:30

ARHS Library Team Present: Wednesdays, 10:00 – 12:30


Library Team

The Library is staffed by: Donald Barker, Milton Biddle, Chris Carter, Peter Bronstring and Ian Deans.


Any enquiries should be directed to: Donald on 0417 624 066. Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ARHS Members are entitled to use the PMI collection which specialises in Victorian local history.



Borrowing Rights at the Prahran Mechanics' Institute (PMI) for ARHS Members


As the ARHS is an institutional member of the PMI, ARHS members have the same borrowing rights as PMI members. However they must first register as a PMI borrower and this requires them to attend the institute and to show ID in the form of the ARHS membership card and evidence of their current address. They then receive a PMI membership card and will subsequently receive the PMI newsletter and notices of new additions to the library and sale of surplus books. Effectively they become full members of the PMI.   


Where we are


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