skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

ADVERTISEMENT | Become a sponsor today!

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 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.

Find the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Yelp.

Upcoming event at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Chamber Music At The Athenaeum: New Bach Trio

  • Today, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • The Athenaeum Chamber Series presents a special Bach Birthday Celebration with solo, duo, and trio works by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the New Bach Trio. The ensemble features world-class musicians Dmitry Kouzov, cello, Tao Lin, piano, and Wanchi Huang, violin. For additional details call (858) 454-5872. Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Chamber Music At The Athenaeum: New Bach TrioToday

Joyce Cutler-Shaw Dialogues In Art & Architecture Series - Lecture Three April 4, 2017

Dialogues In Art & Architecture: Cross Border Public Art & DesignApril 4, 2017

Hugh Davies Presents Francis BaconApril 13, 2017

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourApril 26, 2017

Chamber Music At The Athenaeum: Los Angeles Philharmonic OctetMay 2, 2017

Past events

Photo of this place

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.

ADVERTISEMENT | Become a sponsor today!