Athenaeum Library office

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



Out of great concern for the safety of our members, staff and volunteers, the Athenaeum and the Athenaeum Art Center will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. Since circumstances change so quickly, we will post regular updates on our website and social media pages and hope to be able to reopen soon.

We have cancelled or postponed all events through April. Ticketed reservations will automatically be transferred to the new dates. If you would prefer a refund, please contact bookkeeper Shari Sparks by e-mail at or call in and leave a message. All staff is on leave at the moment, but will check in regularly.

Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your loyalty and hope to see you soon again. All our best wishes through these difficult times.

Erika Torri
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Executive Director
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library


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."