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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, Calif., 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 and 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.

Upcoming event at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Thomas Strønen With Time Is A Blind Guide

  • Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Jazz at the Athenaeum welcomes the return of ECM Records artist Thomas Strønen, who made his Athenaeum debut in 2013 with the Mats Eilertsen Trio. This time around he's performing with his Norway-Japan-UK quintet Time Is a Blind Guide, with Strønen on drums and percussion, Ayumi Tanaka on piano, Håkon Aase on violin, Lucy Railton on cello and Mats Eilertsen on bass. Strønen has been featured on six ECM Records ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Thomas Strønen With Time Is A Blind GuideJune 21, 2018

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Kendra ShankJuly 13, 2018

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Andrea Motis QuintetJuly 29, 2018

Past events

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