La Jolla Athenaeum

If you love libraries, art or music, the La Jolla Athenaeum is your place. It’s one of only sixteen nonprofit membership libraries in the US.


  • Free

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am-5:30pm
Wednesday 10am-8:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday





1008 Wall Street, La Jolla CA 92037

Detailed Description:

The La Jolla Athenaeum is a great places for cultural offerings of all different sorts. Its roots began in 1894 with a group of La Jollans who formed the La Jolla Reading Room. In 1899, it changed names and elected its first president, Ellen Browning Scripps (who is one of San Diego’s past prominent citizens). In the 1920s, the Library outgrew its space and funded a new building designed by the famous architect William Templeton Johnson. In 1957, a new building was designed  by architect William Lumpkins. 1989 brought a big expansion combining the 1920 building with the 1957 building. Over the years, some expansion and renovations have been completed to bring the La Jolla Athenaeum to what it is today!

The Athenaeum is one of only sixteen nonprofit membership libraries in the US. It’s one of only two west of the Mississippi! The Library specializes in music and art and has one of the best collections of artists’ books in Southern California. And yes, it’s open to the public! It holds great art exhibits featuring local art among other shows. It also has art classes, concerts, lectures, tours and more happenings throughout the year.


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