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


MON-FRI 10am-4pm

Mondays and Tuesdays - FMI members only - bring FMI Library card as ID

Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays - memberships enquiries, and members access

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

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

membership card issued after FMI Committee approval of new applications