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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 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

Athenaeum Chamber Music Series

Date Sunday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Cost $40 - $45 buy tickets
Age limit All ages
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Jazz At the Athenaeum With Aaron Goldberg Trio

Thursday, Feb. 18
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Arts

Jazz at the Athenaeum With Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet

Thursday, Feb. 25
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Chamber Music Series

Friday, Feb. 26
7:30 p.m. Arts
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Athenaeum Chamber Music Series

Wednesday, Mar. 16
7:30 p.m. Arts

Athenaeum Chamber Music Series

Monday, Mar. 21
7:30 p.m. Arts
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Athenaeum Chamber Music Series

Saturday, Apr. 9
7:30 p.m. Arts

Past events