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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

'A Mid Night Summer’s Dream' Gala

  • Friday, September 7, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Join us for an evening of frolic and fantasy! Over the past 29 years, the Athenaeum has a proven record of huge successes with incomparable nights of festivities. "Mid Night Summer's Dream" will attempt to top them all. Indulge in music, dance, and culinary delights in our transformed galleries decorated with wondrous effects—all covered with fairy dust! Cocktails and live entertainment on our patio and in the library begin as ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

San Diego Noir Double Bill: Devil Thumbs A Ride (1947) & The Clay Pigeon (1949)Starts August 2, 2018

'A Mid Night Summer’s Dream' GalaSeptember 7, 2018

Lenny’s Centennial: Compositions For Violin & PianoSeptember 14, 2018

Athenaeum Chamber Series: Steven Lin, PianoOctober 19, 2018

Athenaeum Chamber Series: Antônio Meneses, Cello, & Paul Galbraith, GuitarNovember 5, 2018

Athenaeum Chamber Series: Maxwell String QuartetJanuary 29, 2019

Past events

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