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Book Collection


The Institute Book Collection

The BMI has a collection of books and newspapers that has been acquired from the time the Institute opened.

These consist of a total of 26,961 fiction and non-fiction books. Of these 15,189 are considered worthy of conservation.

They include:-
176 books published before 1800
5,255 published 1801-1900
5,155 published 1901-1950
4603 our volunteers are still confirming the date of publication



The many plates on the books reflect the diversity of their origins.

Most plates have Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute provenance, however, the range indicate that when other institutions closed or discontinued services, the BMI gained a variety of titles.

The plates include:

Creswick Mechanics’ Institute
Institute City of Ballarat Free library
Talbot M.I.
Ballarat East Public library
Smythesdale M.I.
Newtown library
Cargnham M.I.
Ararat City library
Clunes M.I.
Bllt. Young Mens Debating Soc
Skipton M.I.
Bacchus Marsh public library
Beaufort M.I.
Young Mens General Debating Society
Dean M.I.
Victorian Subscription library
Amhurst M.I.
Smeaton Free library
Snake Valley M.I.
Tallygaroopna Free library
Warraknabeal M.I.
Methodist Ladies College

Melbourne Athenaeum M.I.
Scarsdale Public library
Maryborough Free library
Ballarat municipal library
Lexton Free library
Ballarat Ironworkers & Polytechnic Assoc.
Clunes Free library
Ararat Regional library
Talbot Public library
Mullin’s library
Ballarat Commercial Club
Sebastopol Free library
Lydiard Street Lending library
Skipton Public library
Public Library of Victoria
RMIT libraries
Aquinus university Bllt.
Central Highlands Regional Library
Barham’s [ibrary Ballarat Caledonian Society
Ballarat Rate office