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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

The Athenaeum's Flicks On The Bricks Series

  • Thursday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Another tantalizing offering of outdoor cinema and wine on the Athenaeum patio in the heart of La Jolla. Enjoy mismatched pairings on the screen and for the wine tasting. Come join the Athenaeum for hot summer fun!

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

DARKSTAR Charles Glaubitz Solo Exhibition Starts July 25, 2017

The Athenaeum's Flicks On The Bricks SeriesAugust 24, 2017

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourAugust 30, 2017

The Night Owls: Noche de LechuzaSeptember 1, 2017

The Athenaeum Gala: Fiesta On Wall StreetSeptember 8, 2017

The Athenaeum's Annual Gala After PartySeptember 8, 2017

Edvard Grieg: The Complete Works For Violin And PianoSeptember 15, 2017

Art History Lectures: German Art Of The 20th CenturyOctober 10, 2017

Chamber Music: Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook At The AthenaeumOctober 21, 2017

Pianist Janice Carissa At The AthenaeumNovember 7, 2017

Broadway’s Fabulous Fifties With Bruno LeoneNovember 14, 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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