Covid-19 Updates


Following the guidance of public health officials, we are currently open for members only with limited capacity.

Face masks and social distancing are required. 


Curbside service for items from the library will remain available. If that is something you might be interested in, please send an email to Librarian Kathi Bower Peterson ( or Assistant Librarian Carol Buckley ( and ask for your favorite item, and they will have it ready for you on a certain day in front of the library. 


Our scheduled Fall 2020 online art classes will continue as planned.  











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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually. 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 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, tours, and special events.


Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection







Join or renew your membership to the Athenaeum today! Support one of the oldest cultural institutions in San Diego and La Jolla's first library, and gain access to thousands of music and art library materials and discounts on over 200 concerts, lectures, and art classes.


Becoming a member is the best way to enjoy everything that the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library—San Diego's only membership library—has to offer. For only $40 a year for an individual membership (and $50 for a family membership), the benefits are many. 



There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."

San Diego Union-Tribune



Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection