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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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 four weeks, and all CDs, videos and DVDs for two weeks. Materials may be reserved in advance.

Guided Tours
Free guided tours take place the third Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.

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Upcoming event at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

2018 SoundOn Festival Of Modern Music: 'Voyages'

  • Thursday, January 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, together with San Diego New Music, presents the soundON Festival of Modern Music, annually in January. The soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. Featuring performances by NOISE and Affiliated Artists, the multi-day festival format allows us to present unconventional works in an informal and enjoyable setting. We ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Athenaeum Book And Craft SaleStarts December 2, 2017

Three Art Exhibits At The AthenaeumStarts November 11, 2017

2018 SoundOn Festival Of Modern Music: 'Voyages'January 4, 2018

Chamber Music: QuinTexas Quintet At The AthenaeumJanuary 8, 2018

Chamber Music: San Diego Baroque Soloists At The AthenaeumJanuary 23, 2018

A Celebration Of Leonard Bernstein At The AthenaeumMarch 11, 2018

Jordan Dodson And Wanchi Huang At The AthenaeumMarch 23, 2018

Past events

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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.

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