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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 @ The Athenaeum: Sheila Jordan And Cameron Brown

  • Thursday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • As part of its Hearing the Future music festival, Athenaeum Music & Arts presents Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown. The 90-year-old Jordan has had a remarkable seven-decade career, including collaborations with bebop legend Charlie Parker and such jazz giants as George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. She continues to bring an irrepressible vibrancy to her performances as well as to her long-standing commitment to jazz ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Jazz @ The Athenaeum: Sheila Jordan And Cameron BrownJanuary 24, 2019

Athenaeum Chamber Series: Maxwell String QuartetJanuary 29, 2019

Jazz @ The Athenaeum: The Bad PlusFebruary 13, 2019

Jazz @ The Athenaeum: Aaron Diehl TrioFebruary 19, 2019

Jazz @ The Athenaeum: A Tribute To Toots ThielemansMarch 2, 2019

Past events

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