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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

Jazz At The Athenaeum - Orrin Evans Trio

  • Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jazz at the Athenaeum Tuesday, January 28 Orrin Evans Trio Tickets: 858-454-5872 or visit the event homepage. Featuring Orrin Evans on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. Orrin Evans made his Athenaeum debut last year in his new role in the landmark band The Bad Plus. He returns at the head of his own trio. As an adventurous composer he traverses stylistic boundaries, drawing on ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Christine Oatman: Stories Of Innocence And ExperienceStarts January 11, 2020

Jazz At The Athenaeum - Orrin Evans TrioJanuary 28, 2020

Thalea String Quartet & Michelle CannFebruary 3, 2020

Jazz At The Athenaeum - Jeff Denson/Romain Pilon/Brian BladeFebruary 4, 2020

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library And Camarada Present Fusion: Classical Meets JazzFebruary 7, 2020

Jazz At The Athenaeum - Aaron Goldberg TrioFebruary 18, 2020

Jazz At The Athenaeum - Matt Wilson’s Honey And Salt QuintetFebruary 23, 2020

Vera Quartet & Meng-Chieh Lu March 10, 2020

Pianists Andrew Rosenblum And Maria SumarevaMay 18, 2020

Past events

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