Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: A Local Cultural Hub

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is one of only 17 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States, and one of three west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually at two venues in La Jolla and Logan Heights in San Diego.

This rare cultural institution 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, 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; 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, acoustics, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, and special events.

The library is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Members can check out library materials and also receive discounts on all of our events and classes.

For information on the benefits of becoming a member, call (858) 454-5872 or visit

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Esteban Villanueva