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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

Hugh Davies Presents Francis Bacon

  • Thursday, May 25, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • "An Introduction to Francis Bacon", a series of two art history lectures presented by Hugh Davies, director emeritus of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. On April 13, Davies will introduce “Francis Bacon: Paintings from 1945-1973” and on May 25, “Francis Bacon: the Late Work.” Hugh Davies did his doctoral dissertation on Francis Bacon at Princeton University, largely based on a series of interviews with the artist in London ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

San Diego Art Prize Exhibition 2017Starts May 13, 2017

Hugh Davies Presents Francis BaconMay 25, 2017

Acoustic Evenings At The AthenaeumMay 26, 2017

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourMay 31, 2017

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Chris Potter QuartetJune 7, 2017

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library Book SaleJune 10, 2017

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Linda May Han Oh QuartetJune 15, 2017

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Ambrose Akinmusire QuartetJune 21, 2017

Victoria Martino Plays Telemann At The AthenaeumJune 25, 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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