- For other Athenaeum areas, see Athenaeum.
The Athenaeum is an area of Dire Maul West. It is located beyond the Prison of Immol'thar and leads on into Dire Maul North. One can access this area through either Dire Maul north or Dire Maul west, but both require the .
The Athenaeum is also known as the library, where the Shen'dralar remain in seclusion, storing lost knowledge in the multitude of shelves in the large room. This is where players turn in Librams to receive the enchants they provide. This is done by talking to Lorekeeper Lydros after completing the quest.
Many Highborne are located here, some like Lorekeeper Mykos, Lorekeeper Kildrath and Lorekeeper Javon merely providing flavor, but some, like the Shen'dralar Provisioner, offering services. Prince Tortheldrin can also be found here, although he is not attackable until Immol'thar is dead.
During the Fourth War, Wrathion traveled here to learn more on the Old Gods and the Black Empire's dark magic, in order to find a way to defeat N'Zoth and turn his powers against him. He also mentioned in his journal that when the Horde invaded Dire Maul, and the Highborne fled the ruins, they burned down the Athenaeum.
- Lorekeeper Mykos removed the Athenaeum mark from The Light and How to Swing It and donated the book to the Silver Hand paladins at the Sanctum of Light.