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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

Athenaeum Juried Art Show Opening Reception

  • Friday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thirty-three artists and 49 works have been selected for the Athenaeum’s 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, on view in the Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries, July 20 through August 24, 2019. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 19, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The event is free to attend for both Athenaeum members and the general public. First, second, and third-place honors will be awarded by the jurors before ... Read more

All upcoming events at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Athenaeum Juried Art Show 2019Starts July 20, 2019

Athenaeum Summer Festival 2019 With Gustavo RomeroStarts June 30, 2019

Athenaeum Juried Art Show Opening ReceptionJuly 19, 2019

Jazz At The Athenaeum: Harry Pickens TrioJuly 28, 2019

Murals Of La Jolla Walking TourJuly 31, 2019

Past events

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