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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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Business hours

Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, California, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. This rare cultural institution, an important one to the greater San Diego area, offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region.

The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The library is open to the public five days a week; members can check out materials for a modest annual fee.

The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours and special events. To quote the San Diego Union-Tribune, "There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."

Admission
Admission to the library is free. Gallery exhibits are free and open to the general public. Materials may be used in the library or checked out by members. Borrowing privileges are limited to members only. Books may be checked out for 4 weeks, and all CDs, videos and DVDs for 2 weeks. Materials may be reserved in advance.

Guided Tours
Free guided tours take place the 3rd Saturday of every month at 11:00 AM.

Upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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Cast On! Night Owls Members' Choice

Date Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost Free - $10 buy tickets
Age limit 21+
Event Time Category

The Athenaeum's 27th Annual Gala

Friday, Sep. 9
6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Arts

The Athenaeum's 27th Annual Gala After Party

Friday, Sep. 9
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Arts

Antonín Dvořák: 175th Birthday Concert

Friday, Sep. 16
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Arts

Ongoing events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Event Time Category

18th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

18th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Exhibits

18th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

18th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

18th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

A New Look At Impressionism - Presented By Linda Blair

Every Monday
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibit: Ellen Salk's 'Shaker Loops'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibit: Ellen Salk's 'Shaker Loops'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibit: Ellen Salk's 'Shaker Loops'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibit: Ellen Salk's 'Shaker Loops'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibit: Ellen Salk's 'Shaker Loops'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibition: 'Code-O-Chromes' By David Fobes

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibition: 'Code-O-Chromes' By David Fobes

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibition: 'Code-O-Chromes' By David Fobes

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibition: 'Code-O-Chromes' By David Fobes

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibition: 'Code-O-Chromes' By David Fobes

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Art Exhibition: Sally Hagy-Boyer

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibition: Sally Hagy-Boyer

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibition: Sally Hagy-Boyer

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibition: Sally Hagy-Boyer

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art Exhibition: Sally Hagy-Boyer

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

Art History Lectures With Derrick Cartwright

Every Tuesday
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Juried Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Mini Concerts

Every Monday
noon - 1 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: From Brahms To Broadway!

Every Tuesday
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Monday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Presents School of the Arts

Every Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibits

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: Romantic Castles Of Europe

Every Thursday
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: Victoria Martino, Musical Milestones

Every Monday
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum's 20th Annual Juried Exhibition

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum's 20th Annual Juried Exhibition

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum's 20th Annual Juried Exhibition

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum's 20th Annual Juried Exhibition

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum's 20th Annual Juried Exhibition

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Bishop's School Exhibition At The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Bishop's School Exhibition At The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Bishop's School Exhibition At The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Bishop's School Exhibition At The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Bishop's School Exhibition At The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Children's Storytime at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Every Wednesday
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Books

Flicks On The Bricks Series 2014

Every Thursday
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Arts

'Hooray For Hollywood!' Lectures With Jacquelyne Silver

Every Thursday
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Arts

Outdoor Film & Wine Series: Flicks On The Bricks

Every Thursday
7:30 p.m. Arts

Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Books

Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

Recent Acquisitions at the Athenaeum

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Books

Renaissance Lecture-Concerts With Victoria Martino & The Musica Pro Arte Ensemble

Every Tuesday
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Heritage & Cultural

Robert Kushner’s 'Scriptorium: Devout Exercises Of The Heart'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Robert Kushner’s 'Scriptorium: Devout Exercises Of The Heart'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Robert Kushner’s 'Scriptorium: Devout Exercises Of The Heart'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Robert Kushner’s 'Scriptorium: Devout Exercises Of The Heart'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Robert Kushner’s 'Scriptorium: Devout Exercises Of The Heart'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Arts

Past events