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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

Victoria Martino Plays Telemann At The Athenaeum

  • Today, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • This Telemann anniversary concert continues a tradition for which Victoria Martino is becoming widely known: the celebration of significant anniversaries of major composers through performances of their works for violin. Martino, who studied Baroque violin with Robert Koff in Boston, has been performing professionally as a soloist and chamber musician with early music ensembles since 1989. On June 25, 1767, Georg Philipp Telemann, the most acclaimed and highly regarded German ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Victoria Martino Plays Telemann At The AthenaeumToday

The Art Of CartooningTomorrow

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourJune 28, 2017

Athenaeum Art History Lectures: Francis BaconJune 29, 2017

Athenaeum Summer Festival With Gustavo RomeroJuly 2, 2017

Drawing PortraitsJuly 10, 2017

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Shai Maestro TrioJuly 11, 2017

The Athenaeum's Flicks On The Bricks SeriesAugust 10, 2017

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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