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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

Jacquelyne Silver: The Great Composers - Chopin And Liszt

  • Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Each of Jacquelyn Silver’s series of lectures covers two contemporaneous composers. These are composers who forever altered the course of musical history and changed our lives profoundly. Silver will examine musical styles and the way each one heard the magical messages that made them unique. The May 23 lecture looks at Chopin and Liszt. Known as “The Poet of the Piano,” Chopin’s creative originality is that of enormous genius—no one ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Athenaeum May-June Art ExhibitionsStarts May 11, 2019

Jacquelyne Silver: The Great Composers - Chopin And LisztTomorrow

Acoustic Evenings At The Athenaeum May 24, 2019

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourMay 29, 2019

Jacquelyne Silver: The Great Composers - Schumann And BrahmsMay 30, 2019

Jacquelyne Silver: The Great Composers - Gottschalk and JoplinJune 6, 2019

Jazz at the Athenaeum: Parlour Game QuartetJune 7, 2019

Jazz at the Athenaeum: Fabian Almazan TrioJune 16, 2019

Jazz at the Athenaeum: Amina Figarova SextetJune 27, 2019

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Harry Pickens TrioJuly 28, 2019

Past events

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