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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 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

Chamber Music: Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook At The Athenaeum

  • Today, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • This year, the Athenaeum presents six award-winning ensembles for its 2017-2018 chamber music concert series. Each of these ensembles is new and each has already generated huge international “buzz.” Enjoy chamber music as it was intended—in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the 46 brief songs ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Charissa Noble Music And Art Lectures At The AthenaeumStarts November 2, 2017

Chamber Music: Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook At The AthenaeumToday

Athenaeum Mini-Concert: Javid And NaokoOctober 23, 2017

Art History Lectures: German Art Of The 20th CenturyOctober 24, 2017

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourOctober 25, 2017

New Music Concert At The AthenaeumOctober 26, 2017

Athenaeum Acoustic Evenings: Jimmy Patton And Enrique Platas, Hugh Gaskins And Lena EvansNovember 3, 2017

Athenaeum Mini-Concert Featuring Danny GreenNovember 6, 2017

Pianist Janice Carissa At The AthenaeumNovember 7, 2017

Broadway’s Fabulous Fifties With Bruno LeoneNovember 14, 2017

Athenaeum Mini-Concert Featuring Jazz Pianist Joshua WhiteNovember 20, 2017

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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