This is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States and it's dedicated to literature concerning art and music. The library often has live concerts and performances, ranging from classical and acoustic to jazz and choral. You can get a sampling of the area's finest musicians under Athenaeum's roof, where the care for artistry and the honing of one's craft supersedes any need for mainstream popularity.
Stop in if you want to check out their collection of sheet music, including the complete works of Bach Gesellschaft, which is the organization responsible for maintaining Johann Sebastian Bach's complete works without editorial adjustments of any kind — a rare collection to be found and a treat to read for music lovers. Originally opened in 1894, the museum has undergone some major structural changes recently and the newly designed building is more beautiful than ever, thanks in part to the faithful architecture, but also to the myriad art displays and exhibits for you to browse alongside their written works collection. Come for a musical performance and you're sure to be delighted on many fronts.
If you're going to be in the La Jolla community for a while, join one of the museum's art classes. Meet the locals artists, learn from them and share your techniques and philosophies to make new friends and to contribute to the artistic movement fueled by painters, illustrators, sculptors, writers, musicians and crafters. Athenaeum is the kind of library that not only nourishes its patrons with literature and exhibitions, but makes you wonder what art really means to you on an individual basis.