Athenauem Library about us

About Us


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 at four venues in four different zip codes 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 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.


The library is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Members can check out library materials and also receive discouints on all of our events and classes. For information on the benefits of becoming a member, call (858) 454-5872 or visit


In 2016 the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library expanded its offerings to a satellite location in Logan Heights, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC), which is being developed as a multicultural community center and hub for local artists. The AAC features an art school studio, a print studio, and an events space, with a bilingual manager, for exhibitions, lectures, and concerts. The AAC offers a wide variety of art classes from painting and sculpture to multimedia and printmaking through the School of the Arts.


The Athenaeum Art Center is located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights in the Bread & Salt complex, is open to the public Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and for scheduled programs and classes.


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:


Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss Fund

California Arts Council

City of San Diego – ACCF

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture 

County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program

The Dillon Fund

Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

Florence Riford La Jolla Community Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation

Highland Street Foundation

Horton Plaza Theatres Foundation

La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation

Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust

Michael Asher Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

ResMed Foundation

Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation

Santosha Fund

Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

The Thomas Ackerman Foundation

Vail Memorial Fund

Western Jazz Presenters Network

And Athenaeum members and friends


Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego.