Search the Reference Database


The Ballarat mechanics' Institute has an on-line database of all the Reference titles in the collection, including the biography and autobiography section of the lending library.

This database of around 16,000 books contain many historic and unusual publications in the shelves of the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute. They are available to members for use in the Reading Room at the Institute.

The collection includes books from 1680 to the latest titles.

The collection can be accessed in many ways, such as by title, author, category. Please note that some nineteenth century fiction (e.g. Dickens, Mark Twain etc.) may also be included here.

In order to preserve them for reference use, titles published before 1956 are regrettably, unavailable for loan. However they are still accessible for reading and research at the library. Please contact the Librarian at the Mechanics' Institute if you wish to view any book or article.

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