The Footscray Mechanics' Institute


Serving the West since 1856, the library is part of the Mechanics' Institute movement dedicated to providing working people with education, entertainment and social inclusion.
Situated in its present building in the heart of Footscray since 1913, the library offers borrowing, displays, events, local history and a place for quiet reading and community.
New members are always welcome. Please drop in or email to find out more.

Check our online library catalogue using above menu to explore the great books in our collection

Doug's pic of FMIL.jpg

Artwork created by longtime committee member Douglas Clymo.

Opening Hours

LOCKDOWN 6.0 commenced 5th August 2021


Further advice from Premiers Office that lockdown 6.0 will be further extended

until the rate in the community reaches 80% double vaccinated

Wil shall advise reopening date when Vic Govt announces end of lockdown

If you currently have items on loan from our Library - please do not stress -

these will be automatically extended until the FMI Library reopens.


Annual subscription membership fees / renewals were due March 1st - $10 p.a.

New Memberships welcome - ID required, $10 application fee,

membership card issued after FMI Committee approval of new applications