Berwick Mechanics Institute & Free Library Inc
The Berwick Mechanics Institute and Free Library (BMI) has operated continuously in Berwick since 1862. It is one of only six such libraries in Victoria, having been established following the rapid growth of Mechanics Institutes after the discovery of gold in the 1850s.
Located in the busy main street, BMI runs a vibrant library service and serves also as a repository of local history. BMI has a stock of over 40,000 books, magazines and cassettes, and loans total approximately 45,000 per annum.
The building is owned by the City of Casey, which provides an annual grant for the operation of the library. BMI is run entirely by community volunteers.
Our lending collection comprises over 40,000 items for both adults and children. For adults we have contemporary fiction in hardback and paperback with collections in mystery, adventure, western and romance: a large and growing collection of Large Print books: audio books: specialist collections of Biography, War, Australiana: non-fiction in all categories. Our children?s section caters for all ages through picture books, junior fiction, to young adult.