Membership levels

Invest in the Ballarat community by becoming a BMI member. Membership to the organisation allows you to borrow books from the lending library, as well as discounts to BMI events and other perks.

Full membership

Library access and borrowing rights (six books) from our collection of contemporary books, videos and magazines.

Free access to our magnificent Heritage Collection protected under Heritage Victoria as a unique mirror into the world of the 19th Century.

Discounts on Institute activities such as Twilight Talks, Film Nights, Historical Discussions, evenings instigated by the BMI.

Free access to the Internet via a library desktop PC or WiFi, plus discount on photocopying.

Placement on BMI information circulation list and functions invitation list including a monthly newsletter.

Rights to nominate for BMI Board of management, to vote in Board elections and attend the Annual General Meeting

Membership Subscription

Click on the button below to subscribe or renew your Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute Membership. Please have your credit card details ready for payment. Upon completion of the payment process you will be presented with your membership card for printing.

Subscription Rates

The following rates include GST:

Full Membership $66
Full Membership Pension Concession. $55
Two Year Full Membership $121
Two Year Concession Membership $99

Christmas Gift Voucher

Why not purchase a 12 Month Library Membership Subscription for your loved ones this Christmas.

This subscription will include:

  • Access to the BMI Lending Library
  • You will receive our Monthly Newsletter, providing updates on events. Library book recommendations and monthly New Releases
  • A complimentary guided Tour of the BMI for four (4) people (which includes our Heritage Reading Room and recently upgraded Basement).
  • *A chance to be in the drawer to win a Curated Heritage Experience for eight (8) people. You will have the opportunity to bring your group into our beautiful Heritage Library and Reading Room, enjoy a glass of bubbles while you hear from a volunteer guide and then get up close and personal with some of our treasured heritage books, themed to your interest.
  • Up to 20% discount on Arts & Cultural Activities
  • Guided access to the BMI Heritage Collection
  • Access to our Research Facilities.

The cost for this Christmas Voucher is $60 and will be available for 12 months from your nominated date. This Special Offer is available until the end of December. The voucher is redeemable until 30 June 2022 and the 12 month period must commence prior to or from 1 June 2022.

*The draw for the Heritage Experience will occur in the second week of January.  We will keep all voucher holders and members informed of the date and time of the Draw.

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