La Jolla Spotlight – Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

A must-see San Diego, California attraction located in the heart of La Jolla, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States.

Unique even in a town where everything is special, 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, 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.

The Athenaeum is closed Sundays & Mondays and so when visiting La Jolla on the weekend, be sure to stop in on Saturday. For hours and more detailed visitor information, visit

The La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is located at:
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-5872

La Jolla Insider TipGreat dining is all around this part of La Jolla. Try a sandwich from Girard Gourmet followed by dessert at Cups for the perfect afternoon!

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