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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

Anne-Marie McDermott And The McDermott Trio

  • Today, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • The Athenaeum is happy to continue the 2019-2020 season of the Barbara & William Karatz Chamber Series. Enjoy chamber music as it was intended--in a warm, intimate setting, where you are treated as a guest in our historic home. All concerts are followed by a private reception with the artists. For Clara Schumann’s bicentennial, Anne-Marie McDermott researched the collection at the Library of Congress for a recital there. She’ll play ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Athenaeum November-December Art ExhibitsStarts November 9, 2019

Anne-Marie McDermott And The McDermott Trio Today

Victoria Martino Lectures On MatisseTomorrow

Bruno Leone: Music And CinemaNovember 13, 2019

Linda Blair Lectures: Jan Van EyckNovember 14, 2019

Art Exhibits Opening At The AthenaeumNovember 15, 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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