The ARHS library has a large collection of books and journals on railways, predominately on Victorian and Australian railway history but also including an extensive British collection and a representative collection from other countries.

Collection includes

The library has 1,000 books on Victorian and Australian railway history. 1,000 books on British railway history and 500 books on railway history from other countries, mainly Europe and North America.

There is an extensive collection of railway journals. The journals of the ARHS state branches are current as well as several discontinued journals. The collection also includes model railway journals as well as The Railway Magazine and Trains from Britain and the United States.

Accessing the collection

Both the library catalogue and an incomplete index to several journals are available on the PMI public computers. Simply click on the ARHS icons at bottom right hand corner of the screen.

The ARHS library team attends on Wednesday mornings and borrowings from the collection can be made at that time. The library is available to both PMI and ARHS members.

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

ARHS 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.

39 Edmonds Street Prahran Victoria 3181 .   lick here to see where we are:

Library Hours

Opening Hours (except on Public Holidays and Christmas to New Year) are:

Monday  09:30 – 16:30
Tuesday  09:30 – 16:30
Wednesday  09:30 – 16:30
Thursday  09:30 – 16:30
Friday  09:30 – 16:30
Saturday  09:30 – 16:30
Sunday  closed

ARHS Library Team is 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:[email protected],


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 ARHS Members 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.