The Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, located on the main floor of Schneider Hall, contains the University’s research collection in art, design and architectural history. The Art Library has more than 93,000 volumes, subscribes to over 300 domestic and foreign journals and museum bulletins, has hundreds of videos and DVDs, and provides access to the major electronic and print indexes. The collection also includes artists books, works of art in book or book-like form, produced in small editions, whose content concerns more than just words.
The Art Library collections cover the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, architectural history, interior design, graphic design, art education, pottery, fiber arts and decorative arts. The Art Library also has a rare book room which holds approximately 3000 rare and scarce volumes and about 175 linear feet of archival materials which consist of the papers of artists and architects, most with local connections. Artist and Information files house exhibition notices, brochures, newspaper and journal articles, and other ephemera on artists who are from the region or who have a connection to the region and newspaper and journal articles, brochures, reports, student papers, etc., on topics related to Louisville, to Kentucky and to the region.
The Mission of the Art Library is to serve as a gateway to information for teaching, research and scholarship in art and art history.
The Goals of the Art Library are:
- To provide collections and scholarly electronic resources that support the teaching and research programs of the Department of Fine Arts
- To provide highly qualified and responsive staff who are dedicated to service.
- To work with the Fine Arts faculty to develop students’ abilities to use the library’s resources.
- To support the research and cultural needs of others in the university and the community.
Art Library services include:
- a group study room for watching videos, viewing slides
- two scanners
- information literacy classes
- “Research One-on-One,” a program that provides individualized help with library research.