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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

Art Exhibits Opening At The Athenaeum

  • Friday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the Athenaeum exhibits for September-October of 2019. The event is free and open to the public. Nikko Mueller’s “I’m OK, You’re OK” will be displayed in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery. In this exhibit, Nikko Mueller presents a new body of work exploring patterns, systems, and transformations through the formal language of ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Charissa Noble Lectures: The Art Mythology Of CaliforniaStarts Tomorrow

Art Exhibits Opening At The AthenaeumSeptember 20, 2019

Athenaeum Mini-Concert Featuring Violinists Wesley Precourt & Hannah StuartSeptember 23, 2019

The Salk Institute & Multiplicity In ArchitectureSeptember 24, 2019

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourSeptember 25, 2019

Cornelia Feye Lectures On Surrealist ArtOctober 1, 2019

Chamber Music: The Prima Trio At The AthenaeumOctober 28, 2019

Anne-Marie McDermott And The McDermott Trio November 11, 2019

The Maxwell String QuartetJanuary 21, 2020

Thalea String Quartet & Michelle CannFebruary 3, 2020

Vera Quartet & Meng-Chieh Lu March 10, 2020

Pianists Andrew Rosenblum And Maria SumarevaMay 18, 2020

Past events

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