Athenauem Library about us

About Us


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, California, 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; 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. We invite you to browse through these pages, learn more about us, and participate in our activities. It truly is a feast. To quote the San Diego Union-Tribune, "There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."


1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 | (858) 454-5872 |


10 AM - 5:30 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

10 AM - 8:30 PM Wednesday

Closed Sunday, Monday & holidays


Financial support for the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is provided by:


California Arts Council

City of San Diego – ACCF

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture 

County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program

Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

Florence Riford La Jolla Community Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

Michael Asher Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

ResMed Foundation

Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation

Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

The Thomas Ackerman Foundation

Western Jazz Presenters Network